• Research Team
  • Co-ordinators
  • - Sharp, Helen
  • Researchers
  • - Fernandez-Ramil, Juan
  • - Petre, Marian
  • - Robinson, Hugh
  • - Segal, Judith
  • - Smith, Neil
  • Students
  • - Lopez, Tamara
  • - Pawlik, Aleksandra
  • External Collaborators
  • - Dr Sarah Beecham
  • - Malte Rebin
  • - Dr Jose Abdelnour-Nocera


Empirical Studies of Software Development

Our aim is to engage with practitioner communities and software organisations through empirical studies of actual practice and products in order to derive theory and inform practice.

We use a range of qualitative approaches, from in situ observation of professional practice to controlled studies, and a range of quantitative approaches, from data extraction from software repositories and its visualisation to modelling and simulation. Our approaches include multiple methods, triangulation, and longitudinal studies. Our emphasis is on practice in naturalistic settings, naturally-occurring artefacts, and reports from practitioners.