Bridgette Wessels is Professor of Social Inequalities at the University of Glasgow, specializing in digital society. She studied sociology and the sociology of culture at the Universities of Durham and York. Going on to the University of Sussex to undertake doctoral research in the innovation and use of telematics - when sociological study of the Internet was in its infancy. While teaching at the University of Sheffield, Wessels founded and ran the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Socio-Digital Research there, and later founded the Glasgow Social and Digital Change Group – with Professor Andy Hoskins at the University of Glasgow.
Her areas of research, which has impact embedded in it, includes social exclusion and digital divides, financial exclusion and the e-economy, social media and political inequality, health inequalities and telehealth, welfare services and (digital) identity, local journalism and inclusion and e-policing, ethnicity and communities. Her work has had policy impact in terms of inequality and e-inclusion at a global level in South East Asia, Australia, USA, and Europe.
Watch Professor Wessels’ presentation of “Creating Meaningful Connected Homes: The Relationships and Dynamics of Household-Digital Technology Interactions in Fostering Wellbeing.”