Project Details


This project is led by Farooq Mughal, Yasin Rofcanin, Nancy Harding, Fei Qin, and Rana Tassbehji as part of the FoW Sandpit Project Funding granted by the School of Management University of Bath.

Software development is a profession that is vitally important to the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’, yet it is known that its products, the algorithms that underpin much of contemporary and future societies, reflect the engineers that write them (Schwab, 2017). This is problematic because the profession is not only overwhelmingly male-dominated, but also understood to be ‘geekish’ and misogynistic. However, there is little evidence to support these perceptions of ‘a geek culture’. The evidence that exists comes from studies of the few women in the profession and they report second-hand descriptions of the male engineers. It is vital to develop much better understanding of the culture of these male engineers and so this project aims to explore ‘the geek’. It will do this through (a) developing understanding of (a) the psychological profile of male software developers and (b) the culture within which they work.
Effective start/end date17/02/22 → …


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