Dr Jean-Christophe Plantin


Room TW3.7.01i

Department of Media and Communications

London School of Economics and Political Science

Houghton Street

London WC2A 2AE UK


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Twitter: @JCPlantin


Dr Jean-Christophe Plantin

Assistant Professor

Jean-Christophe Plantin is Assistant Professor at the Department of Media & Communications. Prior to arriving at the LSE in September 2015, he spent two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan, affiliated at the Department of Communication Studies and at the School of Information. He received his PhD in 2012 from the Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France, and holds MAs from the Université Paris 8, France, and the European Graduate School, Switzerland. His research has been funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the European Regional Development Fund, and the University of Michigan MCubed Program.

Jean-Christophe Plantin’s research investigates the social, political, and epistemological consequences of digital platforms replacing information infrastructures in society. It currently focuses on two case studies that both witness such transformation. In the sectors of scientific data sharing and digital cartography, web-based platforms increasingly occupy a central function traditionally assumed by infrastructures, with consequences in terms of knowledge ownership, public access, and long-term preservation. His new project investigates the rise of data nationalism and cyber-sovereignty, and what it implies for the future of the internet. His research combines platform & software studies with the social study of science and technology. His work has been published in New Media & Society, Media, Culture & Society, and the International Journal of Communication.

Recent research projects

2014-2015 — The Science of Data Science: Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation & Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (Postdoctoral Fellowship)

2013-2014 — New Directions in the Study of Infrastructures: University of Michigan MCubed Program (Postdoctoral Fellowship)

2013-2014 — PREVU: Visualization Tools for Social Scientists: Labex Arts-H2H, Université Paris 8 (Co-Principal Investigator)

2012-2013 — SACRED - Seminars on Data Science: Institut des Sciences de la Communication du CNRS (Co-Principal Investigator)

2009-2012 — European Regional Development Fund (Ph.D. Scholarship)

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