Jill Simpson
PhD Student



PhD – (in progress), University of York
MA - Social Research, University of York
BA Hons – Sociology, Newcastle University 

Jill is an ESRC funded PhD research candidate (under the White Rose Doctoral training centre) and is part of an interdisciplinary research network called “Relating to Data through Visualisation.”   

Her PhD explores how diverse users engage with and draw meanings from data visualisations and aims to identify and unpick the meaning making processes at work in both the design and interpretation of data visualisations. 

Jill’s research interests combine critical data studies, interdisciplinary social research and public engagement through creative practice.


Selected publications

Simpson, J. (2017). ‘Visualising Mental Illness.’ openDemocracy [Online] available at:

Conference Presentations

Simpson, J. (2018). 'Ways of Seeing (with) Data.' Responding to Berger: A Workshop. University of York, York. 5 January 2018.
Simpson, J. (2017). 'Data art: learning crafty and critical approaches to big data.' Nordic Workshop Series: The Remediation of Education (REED). Textual Innovations as resources for learning. University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway. 13th - 14th September 2017.
Simpson, J. (2017). 'Curating Sociology: crafty and critical approaches to big data.' Traversing Boundaries: Interdisciplinary Social Research Postgraduate Conference. University of York, York. 25 May 2017.



  • Introduction to Sociological Theory

Contact details

Ms Jill Simpson
PhD Student
Department of Sociology
University of York
North Yorkshire
YO10 5DD