twitter: @jameswilldennis

Postdoctoral Research Assistant based in the New Political Communication Unit at Royal Holloway, University of London and Research Associate at The Open University. My research interests are in political communication, with a particular focus on social media, participation and citizenship, news and journalism, and British politics.

My work has been published in the Civic Media Project, published by MIT Press, Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies, and The Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics, and I have an article forthcoming in Political Studies.

I received my PhD in Politics from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2016. My PhD thesis is titled “It’s Better to Light a Candle than to Fantasize About a Sun”: Social Media, Political Participation and Slacktivism in Britain. I was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council South East Doctoral Training Centre and was co-supervised by Professor Andrew Chadwick and Professor Ben O'Loughlin.

I have experience of working with industry, carrying out social media research with the BBC exploring how audiences around the world responded to the 2012 London Olympics. I have been a guest contributor for openDemocracy and the Political Studies Association blog, and I have been interviewed about digital politics on BBC Radio Scotland and Inter TV.