I draw on political theory and deliberative democracy research to examine the role of civil society and other forms of active citizenship in shaping their communities. I am particularly interested in exploring how social theory ideals are enacted through sociotechnical interventions.

My work involves taking a participatory action research approach to collaboration with a range of community organisations, carrying out ethnographic field work and designing, deploying and evaluating novel consultation technologies, concentrating on the role of stakeholders, and the meaningfulness and validity of data as part of campaigning, consulting, and everyday life.

My research, published in CHI and CSCW, has investigated into the role of the researcher, and stakeholder power and influence during technology deployments related to local decision-making, explored the interplay between data, knowledge and evidence in local-level policymaking, on the creation of spaces for civic discourse, and on the way citizen-led organisations can create resources for democratic action through configuring participation during local consultation.

2020

From Creating Spaces for Civic Discourse to Creating Resources for Action

  1. Johnson I G
  2. Al-Shahrabi D
  3. Vines J

2020CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

From Creating Spaces for Civic Discourse to Creating Resources for Action

  1. Johnson IG
  2. Al-Shahrabi D
  3. Vines J

2020Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI ’20

2018

Making open data work for civic advocacy

  1. Puussaar A
  2. Johnson IG
  3. Montague K
  4. James P
  5. Wright P

2018Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction

Neighbourhood Data: Exploring the Role of Open Data in Locally Devolved Policymaking Processes

  1. Johnson IG
  2. Puussaar A
  3. Manuel J
  4. Wright P

2018Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction

2017

Community Conversational: Supporting and Capturing Deliberative Talk in Local Consultation Processes

  1. Johnson IG
  2. MacDonald A
  3. Briggs J
  4. Manuel J
  5. Salt K
  6. Flynn E
  7. Vines J

2017CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

2016

Reflections on Deploying Distributed Consultation Technologies with Community Organisations

  1. Johnson I
  2. Vines J
  3. Taylor N
  4. Jenkins E
  5. Marshall J

2016CHI '16: Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Overcoming Inequalities in Citizen Participation in Participatory Budgeting

  1. Elstub S
  2. Johnson I
  3. Puttick R

2016Edinburgh City Council