Dr. Leanne Townsend is a Research Fellow working within dot.rural, the RCUK-funded Digital Economy hub at the University of Aberdeen. Leanne works across two projects. “Agent and Semantic Support for Rural Enterprise” (ASSURE) explores how online social networking technologies can be appropriated for use by rural businesses in order to strengthen their networks and improve collaborative behaviours. “Satellite Internet for Rural Access” (SIRA) studies the rural-urban digital divide and explores connectivity solutions and the impact of broadband for businesses and communities living in remote areas. Leanne’s research interests include: online social and business networking; participatory design; Internet psychology; digital habitats; online identities; identity and place.