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I am a PhD student and teaching assistant based in the New Political Communication Unit at the Department of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London. My research focuses on the effect of social media on citizenship and political engagement. The working title for my PhD is "It's Better to Light a Candle than to Fantasise About a Sun": Exploring Social Media, Political Participation and Slacktivism. I am funded by the Economic and Social Research Council South East Doctoral Training Centre and I am co-supervised by Professor Andrew Chadwick and Professor Ben O'Loughlin. I have a BA in Politics from The University of Warwick (2010) and an MSc in New Political Communication (2011) from Royal Holloway, University of London.

I was a research assistant on a study exploring global responses to the 2012 London Olympics with the BBC and the ESRC’s Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change.

My work on the non-profit, political activist movement 38 Degrees has appeared in The Civic Media Project (2015), published by MIT Press.  A chapter I co-authored with Andrew Chadwick and Amy P. Smith is forthcoming in the The Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics (2016).

I have been a guest contributor for openDemocracy, PhD Life and the Political Studies Association blog. I have been interviewed about digital politics on BBC Radio Scotland and INTER TV.

My research interests include:

  • Social media
  • Political communication
  • Political participation
  • Youth politics
  • Videogames and political attitudes