Eric T. Meyer is Dean and the Mary R. Boyvey Chair and Louis T. Yule Regents Professor at the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. His research looks at the changing nature of knowledge creation in science, medicine, social science, arts, and humanities as technology is embedded in everyday practices, as described in his 2015 book with co-author Ralph Schroeder “Knowledge Machines: Digital Transformations of the Sciences and Humanities.” His research has included both qualitative and quantitative work with marine biologists, genetics researchers, physicists, digital humanities scholars, social scientists using big data, medical doctors, theatre artists, librarians, and organizations involved in computational approaches to research. Dr. Meyer was previously the Professor of Social Informatics at the University of Oxford and Director of Graduate Studies at the Oxford Internet Institute.
His work has been published in a variety of journals, books, and conference proceedings, available by following the tabs above. He is also a frequent speaker at conferences around the world, including keynote addresses in Florence, Aberdeen, Prague, The Hague, Leeds, and elsewhere, and has given invited lectures at universities including Harvard, Cambridge, King’s College London, Edinburgh, Chalmers, Borås, Dalhousie, Rensselaer, Sheffield, Bath, Southampton, and others.
Professor Meyer’s research has received funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the European Commission, OECD, The Health Foundation, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Jisc, Nesta, RIN, and others.
Professor Meyer earned his PhD in information science, specializing in social informatics, at Indiana University, where his award-winning dissertation examined how marine biologists who rely on photographic evidence to identify individual marine mammals have seen significant changes in their everyday work practices as they switched from film photography to digital photography.
- Meyer, E., Yasseri, T., Hale, S., Cowls, J., Schroeder, R. and Margetts, H. (2017) “Analysing the UK web domain and exploring 15 years of UK universities on the web” In: The Web as History Brugger, N. and Schroeder, R. (eds.). London: UCL Press. 23-44.
- Meyer, E.T., Schroeder, R. and Cowls, J. (2016) "The net as a knowledge machine: How the Internet became embedded in research“, New Media & Society. 18 (7) 1159-1189.
- Meyer, E.T. and Schroeder, R. (2015) Knowledge Machines: Digital Transformations of the Sciences and Humanities. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
- Meyer, E.T. (2014) Examining the Hyphen: The Value of Social Informatics for Research and Teaching. In Rosenbaum, H., Fichman, P. (Eds) Social Informatics: Past, Present and Future. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholarly Publishers, Chapter 3.
- Gómez-Cruz, E., Meyer, E.T. (2012) Creation and Control in the Photographic Process: iPhones and the emerging fifth moment of photography. Photographies 5 (2) 203-221.
- Dutton, W.H., and Meyer, E.T. (2010) Enabling or Mediating the Social Sciences? The Opportunities and Risks of Bottom-Up Innovation. In W.H. Dutton and P.Jeffreys (Eds.), World Wide Research: Reshaping the Sciences and Humanities. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, pp. 165-184.
- Meyer, E.T., and Schroeder, R. (2009) Untangling the Web of e-Research: Towards a Sociology of Online Knowledge. Journal of Informetrics 3 (3) 246-260.
- Meyer, E.T. (2009) Moving from small science to big science: Social and organizational impediments to large scale data sharing. In Jankowski, N. (Ed.), e-Research: Transformation in Scholarly Practice (Routledge Advances in Research Methods series). New York: Routledge, pp. 147-159.