Evelyn Ruppert

Evelyn Ruppert is a Professor and Director of Research in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is currently PI of an ERC funded Consolidator Grant project, Peopling Europe: How data make a people (ARITHMUS; 2014-19) and a recently completed ESRC funded project, Socialising Big Data (2013-14). She is Founding and Editor-in-chief of a SAGE open access journal, Big Data & Society: Critical Interdisciplinary Inquiries, launched in June 2014. Her book, Being Digital Citizens (with Engin Isin) was published in April 2015.

Evelyn is a data sociologist with interests in the sociology of governance specifically in relation to how different kinds of data are constituted and mobilised to enact and manage populations. She has undertaken research on how different socio-technical methods and forms of data (censuses, administrative databases, surveys, transactional, etc.) organise and make possible particular ways of constituting and governing populations and how digital devices and data call for reassembling social science methods.


Ruppert, Evelyn and Isin, Engin. 2015. Being Digital Citizens. London: Rowman & Littlefield International. ISBN 978-1-78348-055-5

Ruppert, Evelyn. 2015. ‘A baroque sensibility for Big Data visualisations.’ In Modes of Knowing: Resources from the Baroque, John Law and Evelyn Ruppert (eds). Mattering Press. (forthcoming)

Ruppert, Evelyn. 2016. ‘Big Data Economies and Ecologies.’ In: L. Ryan, L. McKie, eds. An End to the Crisis of Empirical Sociology? Trends and Challenges in Social Research. London: SAGE, pp. 1-16. (forthcoming)

Ruppert, Evelyn. 2013. ‘Not Just Another Database: The Transactions that Enact Young Offenders.’ Computational Culture, pp. 1-13. Avail at:

Ruppert, Evelyn, Law, John and Savage, Mike. 2013. ‘Reassembling Social Science Methods: the challenge of digital devices.’ Theory, Culture & Society, 30(4), pp. 22-46. ISSN 0263-2764

Ruppert, Evelyn and Savage, Mike. 2012. ‘Transactional Politics.’ The Sociological Review, 59(S2), pp. 73-92. ISSN 0038-0261

Ruppert, Evelyn. 2012. ‘The Governmental Topologies of Database Devices.’ Theory, Culture and Society, 29(4-5), pp. 1-21. ISSN 0263-2764