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The latest ground breaking research from Goldsmiths

Our researchers are constantly contributing to knowledge and practice in a range of disciplines from computing to art, the social sciences and beyond. Explore the latest research news, comment, audio and video.

Operation War Diary data analysis

British WWI soldiers in the trenches

Has Blackadder skewed our understanding of what life was like on the Western Front for WW1 soldiers? Professor Richard Grayson, Department of History, analysed data captured by 27,000 volunteers in the first online history crowdsourcing project, Operation War Diary, with surprising results. British army infantry spent a maximum of 47% of their time at the front or fighting, he found, with infantry engaged directly with the enemy on just one in five of their days abroad. Professor Grayson’s findings were picked up by media across the UK and US, reaching millions of people.

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A screen shot of the Pattrn web platform

Researchers in Forensic Architecture (based within the Department of Visual Cultures) recently launched a new multimedia digital tool for journalists, researchers, human rights monitors, and citizens to map complex events – such as conflicts, protests, or crises – as they develop. PATTRN can map the deaths of migrating people, or outbreaks of political violence, for example. Users then create an interactive map showing the bigger picture in an ongoing situation. Led by Francesco Sebregondi, the PATTRN project was initiated thanks to a grant from the European Research Council, awarded to Professor Eyal Weizman. 

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Is privacy the future of online marketing?

students in a computer lab

Could selling our own data to marketers be big business? Can we protect our right to privacy online without compromising a booming industry? Many of us feel our right to privacy is violated by data mining, but research by Professor Daniel Neyland and Dr Sveta Milyaeva (Sociology) showed there's a way to turn the practice around, with economic growth driven by personal data under the control of those of us who generate it. As tech entrepreneurs develop new ways for us to lock away personal information in data vaults, the potential grows for us to start selling that information on ourselves to ambitious online start-ups. 

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A Soundlab performance

Working with award-winning creative arts company Heart n Soul, and Public Domain Corporation, Dr Simon Katan, Dr Mick Grierson and Dr Rebecca Fiebrink (Department of Computing) have been researching the best digital music technology for people with disabilities. From music apps that let you compose, DJ or play countless instruments with a fingertip, to those that make a voice sound amazing even if it’s not quite in tune, the SoundLab researchers have been rigorously testing iPhone/Pad, Android and web programmes. They were awarded a Music Teacher Awards for Excellence in early 2016.

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Young Londoners in Beijing


Why are young Londoners moving to Beijing? Professor Caroline Knowles (Sociology) spent years interviewing dozens of young migrants from the UK who were attracted to a perceived freedom to live the viable adult life they don’t believe they can have in London. Many aren’t properly documented, they gravitate towards “hipster neighbourhoods”, they find some Chinese language skills helpful, and several of them only had sketchy plans to return home. It’s the “far-reaching transformations and new mobilities” of both cities that brings Beijingers to London and Londoners to Beijing, Professor Knowles explained in her ESRC-funded study.

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