Sonia Liff is currently a Reader in Industrial Relations and Organisational Behaviour at Warwick Business School, Warwick University. She was previously employed by Aston and Loughborough Universities. She has researched and published in the fields of gender and employment; technical change and occupational and skill needs; and equality and diversity policies and practices. More recently, research interests have focused on social inclusion and internet use. She has been undertaking projects and writing on internet use and participation in real (cybercafes and community technology centres) and virtual (community websites) public spaces and on changing patterns of internet use by men and women. This has included editing a special issue of New Media & Society on cybercafes in 2003.

Research interests

public access places, community networks, social inclusion in the Information Society, gender and Internet use

Positions held at the OII

  • Research Associate, March 2006 – September 2009
  • Visiting Fellow, October 2003 – October 2004


Past projects

  • Civil society participation in the World Summit for the Information Society (WSIS)

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Dr Victoria Nash, Dr Sonia Liff, Professor Stephen Coleman

    Achieving a deeper understanding of the nature, extent and potential of civil society groups' participation in the 2003 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and ICT policy making by establishing a cross-sector academic / practitioner dialogue.