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Dr Emma Tonkin

Emma Tonkin

Research Associate

Digital Humanities
King’s College London
26-29 Drury Lane


Emma Tonkin trained as a physicist at the University of Bath, and worked at several internet start-ups, enterprises and research departments in England, France and Germany. She returned to Bath for an MSc in Human-Computer Communication, which led to research roles in web engineering, robotics and computer vision. Subsequent research at UKOLN included applications of machine learning to digital library problems and study of the social web, leading to a PhD in Computer Science on context-awareness via social and physical sensors at the University of Bristol. She also holds Open University qualifications in modern languages and classical studies. Emma joined the Department of Digital Humanities in 2013.

Research interests
  • Social web and web science
  • Context-awareness, conceptualisation and classification
  • Text and data mining, preprocessing and visualisation

A current topic of interest is the use of data drawn from social sensors to visualise and characterise information diffusion and patterns of participation in a variety of activities: user-created shared remixes such as fanmixes, sharing of data objects and links, flash mobs, zombie walks, protest movements and so on.

Selected publications

For a complete list of publications, please see my full research profile

Older publications may be found on the University of Bath OPS repository, or on Google Scholar


In the past Emma Tonkin has contributed to modules on subjects including development for the mobile Web, Advanced Web Technologies and the Semantic Web. At the Department for Digital Humanities, she has contributed to the Web Technologies MA module in 2013 and 2014.

Expertise and public engagement

Interview, Science: Human Conflict issue (12.5.18), (24/08/2012)

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