School of Social Sciences

Dr Roger Slack

BA Liverpool PhD Manchester

Name
Roger Slack
Position
Lecturer in Sociology and Research Methods
Email
r.slack@bangor.ac.uk
Phone
01248 383888
Location
Room 014, Neuadd Ogwen

Overview

Roger Slack’s interests are in the areas of ethnomethodology and conversation analysis; reflexivity in/of the social sciences; computer supported co-operative work (CSCW); social studies of science and technology; and the philosophy of social science (especially the works of Wittgenstein, Ryle, Winch, and Austin). 

He has been a teacher and researcher at a number of UK Universities including Manchester, Glamorgan and Edinburgh.   His publications include work on information systems prototyping, the social and economic aspects of multimedia, educational technology, business process redesign, interaction in and use of grid-based computing (e-science), advising in toxicology, and image interpretation. 

Current research looks at image interpretation and artefact appraisal - the latter inspired by his interest in antiques.

Research

I have interests in the following areas:

Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis: Sui generis interest in both EM/CA. Reflexivity and self reflection; studies of practical reasoning and interaction; interaction between people and artefacts; calls to emergency and advice-giving services; the development of ‘instructed action’ competencies in a variety of settings and the development of domain specific ‘professional vision’; the uses of gesture; textual analysis and description.

Sociological Research Methods: history, philosophy and conduct of research; ethnographic research; technologies for sociological research; textual analysis; multi-media (re)presentations of findings; visual sociology; video analysis.

Computer Supported Co-Operative Work and Workplace Studies: studies of computing and work practice in a variety of settings; design and development of computer systems; the methodological, philosophical and ethical basis of CSCW; co-realisation; participatory design; development of computing applications for advice-giving work.

Science Studies: laboratory ethnographies; uses of artefacts in science and the affordances of such objects; the work of mammography centres; collaboration in scientific research; dependability and reliability as practical accomplishments; air accident investigation; technicians’ work.

Philosophy and the Social Sciences: the work of Wittgenstein, Austin, Searle, Ryle and  Winch and their implications for the social sciences.

E-Science (Cyberinfrastructure): Collaboration via Access Grid; knowledge sharing in E-Science; usability of e-science systems; development and evaluation of e-health; use of Access Grid for social sciences.

Dr Roger Slack - Publications

Books

A Voss, M Hartswood, R Procter, M Rouncefield, R Slack and M Büscher (2009) (Eds.) Configuring User-Designer Relations: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Kluwer, 246pp

Williams, R., Slack, R. S. and Stewart, J. (2005) Social Learning in Technological Innovation: Experimenting with Information and Communication Technologies. Aldershot: Edward Elgar. ISBN: 1843767295 (hbk)

Journal Articles

Pinnock, H., Slack, R., Sheikh, A., Price, D. Pagliari, C. (2007) Exploring professional and patient attitudes to mobile telephone-based technologies for monitoring asthma: qualitative study, Primary Care Respiratory Journal

Clarke, K., Rooksby, J., Rouncefield, M., Procter, R. and Slack, R. (2007 ) Healthcare Information Giving Services: Technologies and Everyday Practicalities, Special Digital Libraries Issue of Health Informatics Journal.

Stephen J Leslie, Mark Hartswood, Catrin Meurig, Sinead P McKee, Roger Slack, Rob Procter and Martin A Denvir (2006) Clinical decision support software for management of chronic heart failure: Development and evaluation.  Computers in Biology and Medicine 36(5) 495-506

Jirotka, M., Procter, R., Hartswood, M., Slack, R., Simpson, A., Coopmans, C., Hinds, C. and Voss (2005) A. Collaboration and Trust in Healthcare Innovation: The eDiaMoND Case Study. Journal of Computer Supported Cooperative Work. 14(4); 369-398

E Alberdi, A A Povyakalo, L Strigini, P Ayton, M Hartswood, R Procter, and R Slack (2005) Use of computer-aided detection (CAD) tools in screening mammography: a multidisciplinary investigation. Br J Radiol 78: 31-40

Hartswood, M., Procter, R., Rouncefield, M. and Slack, R. (2003) Making a Case in Medical Work: Implications for the Electronic Medical Record.  Journal of Computer Supported Cooperative Work. 12(3) 241 - 266

Papers in Refereed Conference Proceedings

Buckingham Shum, S., Slack, R., Daw, M. et al (2006) Memetic: An Infrastructure for Meeting Memory. In P. Hassanaly , T. Herrmann, G. Kunau and M. Zacklad (Eds) Seamless Integration of Artifacts and Conversations - Enhanced Concepts of  Infrastructure for Communication. Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications Volume 137 (Proceedings of Coop 06). Amsterdam: IOS Press.

Hartswood, M., Procter, R., Schopf, J., Slack, R., Ure, J and Voss, A. (2006) Abstractions, Accountability and Grid Usability. Proceedings of Second International Conference on e-Social Science. Manchester: ESRC National Centre for e-Social Science, Manchester University.

Buckingham Shum, S., Daw, M., Slack, R. et al (2006) Memetic: from meeting memory to virtual ethnography and distributed video analysis. Proceedings of Second International Conference on e-Social Science. Manchester: ESRC National Centre for e-Social Science, Manchester University.

Slack, R., Buckingham Shum, S., Mancini, C. and Daw, M. (2006) Design issues for VREs: can richer records of meetings enhance collaboration? Proceedings of CHI 2006, Montreal. New York: ACM

Hartswood, M., Ho, K Slack, R., Ure, J and Voss, A. (2006) Representations for virtual organisations. Proceedings of CHI 2006, Montreal. New York: ACM

M. Hartswood, K. Ho, R. Procter, R. Slack, and A. Voss (2006) Grammars of collaboration: designing for e-science. Designing for e-science: interrogating new scientific practice for usability in the lab and beyond. Edinburgh: National E-Science Centre.

M. Hartswood, K. Ho, R. Procter, R. Slack, A. Voss. (2005) Etiquettes of Data Sharing in Healthcare and Healthcare Research. Proceedings of First International Conference on e-Social Science. Manchester: ESRC National Centre for e-Social Science, Manchester University.

Mark Hartswood, Marina Jirotka, Rob Procter, Roger Slack, Alex Voss & Sharon Lloyd Working IT out in e-Science: Experiences of requirements capture in a HealthGrid project. In Solimonides, T. et al (Eds) From Grid to Healthgrid: Proceedings of Healthgrid 2005. Amsterdam: IOS Press.

K. Clarke, J. Hughes, D. Martin, M. Rouncefield, A. Voß, R. Procter, R. Slack, M. Hartswood. ‘Dasein of the Times’: Temporal Features of Dependability. In Mackie, J. and Rouncefield, M. (Eds) Proceedings of the Fifth Annual Dependability Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration (DIRC) Workshop.  Edinburgh, 2005. Lancaster: Lancaster University Press. ISBN 1-86220-159-5

Chapters in Edited Collections

Hartswood, M, Procter R, Voss A, Slack R and Rouncefiled M (2009) Suspicious Minds, in Buscher, M., Goodwin, D. and Mesman, J. (Eds) Ethnographies of Diagnostic Work Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Slack R (2009) Configuring user-designer relations: interdisciplinary perspectives, in A Voss, M Hartswood, R Procter, M Rouncefield, R Slack and M Büscher (Eds.), Configuring User-Designer Relations: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Kluwer.

Slack R (2009) Design as and for collaboration: making sense of and supporting practical action, in A Voss, M Hartswood, R Procter, M Rouncefield, R Slack and M Büscher (Eds.), Configuring User-Designer Relations: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Kluwer.

Hartswood M, Procter R, Voss A, Büscher M, Rouncefiled M, Slack R and Rouch P (2008). Co-realisation: towards a principled synthesis of ethnomethodology and participatory design, in M Ackerman, C Halverson, T Erickson and W Kellogg (Eds.), Resources, Co-Evolution and Artifacts Theory in CSCW. Kluwer,

M. Hartswood, R. Procter, M. Rouncefield, R. Slack.(2003) Cultures of Reading in Mammography. D. Francis, S. Hester (eds.) Orders of Ordinary Action: Respecifying Sociological Knowledge

Alexander Voß, Roger Slack, Rob Procter, Robin Williams, Mark Hartswood, Mark Rouncefield. Dependability as Ordinary Action, in S Anderson, S Bologna and M Felici (eds.) Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Vol. 2434. Berlin: Springer. pp. 32-43.

Unpublished Conference Papers, Posters and Miscellaneous Papers

Pinnock, H., Slack, R., Sheikh, A., Price, D. Pagliari, C. (2006) ‘Exploring professional and patient attitudes to mobile telephone-based technologies for monitoring asthma: qualitative study’ Poster presented at International Primary Care Respiratory Group 3rd World Conference, Oslo. June 2006.

Slack, R. (2005) In the Field or Where the Action Is. Towards an Understanding of What Data Is and Where to Find It.  Invited presentation at Workshop on Designing Technology for Everyday Reality, University of Lancaster.

Slack, R. (2005) Calls to a Poisons Information Centre. Invited presentation at Workshop on Designing Technology for Everyday Reality, University of Lancaster.

Slack, R., Bateman, N. et al (2004) The Work of Advice Giving in a Poisons Information Bureau. Poster presented at annual meeting of British Toxicology Society, Edinburgh.

Anderson, S., Procter, R., Slack, R. Voss, A. Hartswood, M. and Rouncefield, M. (2004) Making Autonomous Computing Systems Accountable: The Problem of Human-Computer Interaction. Paper presented to IBM Academy Conference on the Human Impact and Application of Autonomic Computing Systems (CHIACS2), April 21, 2004 IBM T.J. Watson Research Centre, Yorktown Heights, NY (An earlier version of this paper was presented at the DEXA [Database and Expert Systems Applications] Conference Prague 2003)

Papers and Book Chapters Submitted

Towards a Sociology of Seeing. To appear in special issue of Langage et Société edited by Michel Barthélémy 

Co-realisation with colleagues from University of Edinburgh for collection edited by S. Ackerman (U. Michigan) provisionally entitled Resources, Co-Evolution, and Artefacts. Dodrecht: Kluwer

Research Students

Research Student - supervision

James McGhee - MPhil
Ethnomethodological research

Teaching & Administration

Undergraduate Teaching

SXU1002 Doing Social Research
SXU2001 Methods of Social Research
SXU3004 Ethnography: principles and practice

Administrative Responsibilities

Admissions Tutor
Library Officer
Year 2 co-ordinator

Other activities

Member of the editorial board of the Health Informatics Journal.

Referee for the UK ESRC and EPSRC and for a number of journals and conferences including the Journal of Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, Healthcare Informatics, CSCW, ECSCW, Participatory Design, NordiCHI and CHI.

External examiner at Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Cumbria.

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