DR Barbara Barbosa Neves

DR Barbara Barbosa Neves

Positions

  • Ageing and Technology (Technology adoption and non-adoption in later life)
  • Life course studies (Social mobility)
  • Social Inclusion (Digital and social inclusion)
  • Sociology of Technology (Information & Communication Technologies)

Overview

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  • Dr Barbara Barbosa Neves is a lecturer in Sociology in the School of Social and Political Sciences. Previously, she was an Associate Director and Research Associate of the 'Technologies for Aging Gracefully Lab' (TAGlab) at the department of Computer Science of the University of Toronto (2014-2015). Prior to this appointment, she was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Lisbon (2012-2014). At the University of Toronto, Dr Neves taught social research methods for computer scientists; at the University of Lisbon, she taught research methods, sociology of technology, introduction to sociology, contemporary sociological thought, digital media, and sociology of gender at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. She was also a visiting scholar at the University of Oslo (2009-2011) and a visiting researcher at Netlab, University of Toronto (2008-2012).

    Barbara's research intersects sociology of technology, social networks, ageing, social inequalities, and digital and social inclusion. In particular, she studies the determinants and effects of the adoption and non-adoption of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in early and late adulthood. Her current research focuses on: 1) the role of ICTs in supporting social connectedness and reducing social isolation and loneliness amongst frail older adults, 2) the critical components of digital literacy for older adults, and 3) the accrual, reproduction, and mobilisation of social capital in a life course perspective.

    This research has been published in a range of top tier Sociology journals and Computer Science (HCI) venues, including Social Science Research, CHI, Young, Sociological Research Online, International Review of Sociology, The Journal of Community Informatics, CHI, and ASSETS. It has also been featured in the Canadian, Portuguese, and Brazilian media (TV, radio, and press). In addition, her studies have been used to improve the design and implementatio   

Affiliation

Member of

  • Invited Research Fellow, University of Lisbon. Invited Research Fellow 2011 - 2020
  • Affiliate Researcher, AGE-WELL National Centers of Excellence (NCE) network, Canada. Affiliate Researcher 2015 - 2019
  • Invited Research Fellow, eplanning lab, University of Aveiro & MIT. Affiliate Researcher 2017 - 2018
  • International Sociological Association. Member of the following research committees: Family (RC06), Aging (RC11), and Science and Technology (RC23 2012 - 2018
  • International Sociological Association, Research Committee on Family Research, Elected Board Member (2010-2018). Elected board member 2012 - 2018

Publications

Selected publications

Research

Additional Grant Information

  • Other current grants:

    - Faculty Research Grant (2017) 'Captured and Captioned: Representing Family Lives on Instagram', with Signe Ravn and Ashley Barnwell.

    - 'Networked Individualism: A Comparative Study of Social Networks, Digital Media, International Ties, and Privacy' (2015-2018) - funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and coordinated by Professor Brent Berry and Professor Barry Wellman, University of Toronto, Canada.   

Awards

Education and training

  • MSc, Technical University of Lisbon
  • PhD, Technical University of Lisbon
  • Lic., Technical University of Lisbon

Awards and honors

  • Best Publication & Research Award (2011-2012), ISCSP & CGD, 2013
  • Invited Visiting Scholar (2009-2011), IMK, University of Oslo, 2009
  • Visiting Doctoral Researcher, NetLab, University of Toronto, 2008
  • Invited Doctoral Student, Oxford Internet Institute's Summer Doctoral Program (OII-SDP), University of Oxford, 2008
  • Eurex Urban Studies Online Seminar Grant, University of Urbino, 2007
  • Master of Science scholarship (2005-2007), Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, 2005

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Supervision

Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am currently interested in supervising topics relating to: - Sociology of technology - Digital and social inclusion - Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) - Digital literacy - Ageing - Life course approaches - Social capital and social inequality - Social networks - Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)