twitter: @jameswilldennis

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

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 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.

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

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.