Cristina Chueca Del Cerro
Office: MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow, Berkeley Square, 99 Berkeley Street, Glasgow, G3 7HR
Telephone: 0141 353 7500
Funder: Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences (SGSSS)
PhD title: Political Polarization and Violence around Independence Movements in Online and Offline Social Networks.
ORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7170-3067
Cristina was the first graduate of the Politics with Quantitative Methods MA (SocSci) (Hons) programme, part of Q-Step, at Glasgow University. Then, she secured a highly competitive funding bid for a 1+3 studentship with the Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences (SGSSS) to work on political polarization in social media platforms using Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM).
During the first year of her studentship, she completed her MRes in Political Communication with distinction. For her dissertation she developed and tested a theoretical model of echo chambers on social media platforms, using an agent-based model. The goal being to uncover the necessary network conditions for echo chambers to emerge on social media platforms.
Cristina is now working in the Complexity programme at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, where she is undertaking a PhD investigating the impact of independence movements in generating polarization in online and offline networks. She is continuing her previous research using agent-based models to understand how polarization emerges when independence sentiments are present in a given country. As a whole, her PhD programme has politics and public health components that combined aim to advance the research on polarization and radicalisation.