Alistair Duff is professor of information policy in the School of Arts and Creative Industries. His research contributes also to the Centre for Social Informatics.
Duff is principal investigator on an AHRC-funded project, Informing the Good Society (InGSoc): New Directions in Information Policy. (www.informingthegoodsociety.com)
He was a 2006/7 visiting fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. Duff has also been a visiting lecturer at the Global Information Society Studies media summer school, University of Zurich.
Duff is interested in topics relating to the role of information in society, including: information policy; technocracy; digital divides; politics of information; teledemocracy; media ownership; FoI; privacy and surveillance; copyright; political punditry and 'e'punditry; population census; information and media ethics; sociology of information; cyberspace; Bell, Lippmann, Habermas, Rawls, Williams, Ellul, Tawney, Castells, etc.
He has served as external examiner at City University and the Lincoln School of Journalism, and is currently MA Journalism examiner at Nottingham Trent University.
Duff is currently module leader for Information, Communication and Society (year 3), Power, Information and Opinion (y4 honours) and Journalism, Information and Society (MA/MSc), and inputs to other modules. He was a Napier Teaching Fellow from 2003-2008.
RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS include:
Walter Lippmann, in The Encyclopedia of Social Theory, (Wiley), in press
Information society, in Elsevier Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd ed., 2015, in press
Cyber-Green: idealism in the information age, Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 13(2) 2015, pp. 146-164
Needing NoDI (normal democratic information)? The problem of information poverty in post-industrial society, Information, Communication and Society 18(1) 2015, pp. 63-77
Information, in The Encyclopedia of Political Thought, vol. 4(Wiley-Blackwell, 2014), pp. 1833–1834
Pundit for post-industrial times? Walter Lippmann as an information society theorist, Information, Communication and Society 16(6) 2013, pp. 967-988
A Normative Theory of the Information Society (Routledge Research Monographs, 2012)
The Rawls-Tawney theorem and the digital divide in post-industrial society, Journal of the American Society for Information Science 62(3) 2011, pp. 604-612
The age of access? Information policy and social progress, in R. Negrine, ed., Communications Policy: Theories and Issues (Palgrave, 2010), pp. 49-64
Daniel Bell's theory of the information society, in B. Smart, ed., Post-Industrial Society Vol. 3 (Sage, 2010), pp. 201-232
The information society, Encyclopedia of Science and Technology Communication (Sage, 2010), pp. 397-400
Rethinking the digital divide: from philanthropy to isonomia, in Proceedings of the International Conference New Media and Information: Convergences and Divergences, Panteion University, Athens, 2009 (ISBN 978-960-6746-05-5)
The European information society: scholarly and official perspectives, Journal of the Japan Society of Information and Communication Research 26(3) 2008, pp. 29-31
Information liberation? The relations of freedom and knowledge in social-democratic thought, in Nico Stehr (ed.) Knowledge and Democracy: a 21st Century Perspective (Transaction Publishers, 2008), pp. 199-215.
Documentation and utopia: Fabian anticipations of the information society, in B. Rayward, ed. European Modernism and the Information Society (Ashgate, 2008), pp. 185-199
Powers in the land? British political columnists in the information era, Journalism Practice 2(2) 2008, pp. 231-245.
The normative crisis of the information society, Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace 2(1) 2008, article 3
R. H. Tawney, Macmillan International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 2nd ed., vol. 8 (Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2008), pp. 271-272
Neo-Rawlsian co-ordinates: notes on a theory of justice for the information age, International Review of Information Ethics 6 (12/2006), pp. 17-22
Social engineering in the information age, The Information Society 21(1) 2005, pp. 1-5
The sickness of an information society: R.H. Tawney and the post-industrial condition, Information, Communication and Society 7(3) 2004, pp. 433-452
The past, present, and future of information policy: towards a normative theory of the information society, Information, Communication and Society 7(1) 2004, 69-87
On the present state of information society studies, Education for Information 19(3) 2001, pp. 231-244
Information Society Studies. London: Routledge, 2000