Dr Paul Reilly

  • Senior Lecturer in Communications, Media & Democracy (Politics)

email: Paul.Reilly@glasgow.ac.uk
pronouns: He/him/his

613, Adam Smith Building, Bute Gardens, Glasgow, G12 8RT

ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-6890-778X

Biography

I was appointed Senior Lecturer in Communications, Media and Democracy in the School of Social & Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow in June 2022. I am currently programme leader for the MSc Media, Culture & Society and coordinate modules such as Social Justice Activism in the Information Age and Media and Conflict Transformation in Divided Societies. Before moving to Glasgow, I was employed at the University of Sheffield as Senior Lecturer in Social Media & Digital Society (October 2015-May 2022) and  Lecturer in Media and Communication at the University of Leicester (November 2009- September 2015). At Sheffield, I held a number of leadership roles including Deputy Director for PGR Student Affairs in the Faculty of Social Sciences (October 2016-September 2018), Deputy Director of Learning and Teaching (August 2019-May 2022) and Ethics Coordinator (October 2018-September 2021) within the Information School.  I was awarded the University of Leicester Teaching Fellowship in January 2014 in recognition of my contribution to the enhancement of teaching in the Department of Media and Communication through the development and promotion of digital media technologies. I also received the Leicester Students’ Union Superstar Award in May 2015 for my sensitivity to responding to student learning needs. I am a media and communication researcher with a specific interest in how social media are used to frame contentious political issues within divided societies. I have written two books on the role of the internet in conflict transformation in Northern Ireland (Framing the Troubles Online: Northern Irish Groups and Website Strategy and Digital Contention in a divided society: social media, parades and protest in Northern Ireland). My work has been published in a number of journals including European Journal of Communication, First Monday, Information, Communication & Society, Journalism, New Media & Society, and Policy & Internet. Recently completed research projects include a British Academy funded study of YouTube footage of the union flag protests in Northern Ireland, a study of how social media is used by first responders during crisis situations funded by the EU 7th Framework Programme for Research (FP7) and a Horizon 2020 funded study of how social media can be used to build community resilience against disasters. I am currently Chair of the  Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) Policy Network, Vice-Chair of of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Crisis, Security and Conflict Communication Working Group, and Researcher-in-Residence at the Doc Media CentreI was a regular contributor to the LSE Democratic Audit blog and have appeared on media outlets including BBC News Channel, BBC News Arabic, BBC Radio Leicester, BBC Radio Sheffield and BBC Radio Ulster. I have been an invited speaker at events organised by the Arts Marketing Association (East Midlands), Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly Committee on Culture, Science, the European Police College (CEPOL) and the Royal United Services Institute.

 

Research interests

My research interests include:

  • Crisis communication;
  • Digital activism;
  • Digital media and contentious parades and protests;
  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and peace building;
  • Media and conflict transformation in divided societies;
  • Social media sousveillance;
  • Social media research ethics 

Publications

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Jump to: 2022 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2014
Number of items: 29.

2022

Reilly, P. and Gordon, F. (2022) Can social media help end the harm? Public information campaigns, online platforms, and paramilitary-style attacks in a deeply divided society. European Journal of Communication, (doi: 10.1177/02673231221101865) (Early Online Publication)

Ashwell, C. and Reilly, P. (2022) Exploring discourses of whiteness in the Mary Beard Oxfam-Haiti Twitterstorm. Information, Communication and Society, (doi: 10.1080/1369118x.2022.2050417) (Early Online Publication)

Özkula, S. M., Reilly, P. J. and Hayes, J. (2022) Easy data, same old platforms? A systematic review of digital activism methodologies. Information, Communication and Society, (doi: 10.1080/1369118X.2021.2013918) (Early Online Publication)

2021

Reilly, P. (2021) Countering misinformation and disinformation during contentious episodes in a divided society: tweeting the 2014 and 2015 Ardoyne parade dispute. First Monday, 26(7), (doi: 10.5210/fm.v26i7.10303)

Dajer, D. and Reilly, P. (2021) Social media and intergroup contact during contentious episodes in divided societies: Comparative perspectives from Colombia and Northern Ireland. In: International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR 2021), Nairobi, Kenya, 11-15 July,

Reilly, P. and Gordon, F. (2021) Can social media really ‘End the Harm’? Stakeholder perspectives on the public awareness campaign against paramilitary-style attacks in Northern Ireland. In: International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR 2021), Nairobi, Kenya, 11-15 July,

Petersen, L., Fallou, L., Reilly, P. and Serafinelli, E. (2021) Expectations vs. practice in critical infrastructure operator crisis communication: lessons learned from Portugal, France, Norway, and Sweden. In: Beard, J. W. (ed.) Information Technology Applications for Crisis Response and Management. Series: Advances in human and social aspects of technology book series. IGI Global: Hershey, PA, pp. 24-50. ISBN 9781799872108 (doi: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7210-8.ch002)

Reilly, P. (2021) Digital Contention in a Divided Society: Social Media, Parades and Protests in Northern Ireland. Manchester University Press: Manchester. ISBN 9780719087073

Reilly, P. and Vicari, S. (2021) Organizational hashtags during times of crisis: analyzing the broadcasting and gatekeeping dynamics of #PorteOuverte during the November 2015 Paris terror attacks. Social Media and Society, 7(1), p. 2056305121995788. (doi: 10.1177/2056305121995788)

Murphy, S., Reilly, P. and Murphy, T. (2021) Assessing the potential use of blockchain technology to improve the sharing of public health data in a western Canadian province. Health and Technology, 11, pp. 547-556. (doi: 10.1007/s12553-021-00539-5) (PMID:33747707) (PMCID:PMC7961315)

Reilly, P. and Zhao, X. (2021) Breaking down barriers? ICTs, international students and intercultural communication within UK Higher Education institutions. In: Brassier-Rodrigues, C. and Brassier, P. (eds.) Internationalisation at Home: A Collection of Pedagogical Approaches to Develop Students' Intercultural Competences. Peter Lang: Oxford, pp. 157-178. ISBN 9782807619005

Veneti, A., Reilly, P. and Lilleker, D. G. (2021) The importance of space in photojournalists’ accounts of the anti-austerity protests in Greece. In: Morrison, J., Birks, J. and Berry, M. (eds.) Routledge Companion to Political Journalism. Routledge: London, pp. 394-403. ISBN 9780367248222

2020

Fenn, P. and Reilly, P. J. (2020) Problematising the use of Snapchat in higher education teaching and learning. Journal of Social Media for Learning, 1(1), pp. 140-146. (doi: 10.24377/LJMU.jsml.vol1article383)

Reilly, P. J. (2020) Curation, connections and creativity: reflections on using Twitter to teach digital activism. Journal of Social Media for Learning, 1(1), pp. 62-69. (doi: 10.24377/LJMU.jsml.vol1article356)

Ozkula, S., Reilly, P. and Hayes, J. (2020) Easy Data, Usual Suspects, Same Old Places? A Systematic Review of Methodological Approaches in Digital Activism Research Between 1995-2019. In: 21st Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR2020), 27-31 Oct 2020, (doi: 10.5210/spir.v2020i0.11298)

Reilly, P. (2020) Sousveillance. In: Baker, M., Blaagaard, B. B., Jones, H. and Pérez-González, L. (eds.) The Routledge Encyclopedia of Citizen Media. Series: Critical perspectives on citizen media. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY. ISBN 9781138665569 (doi: 10.4324/9781315619811)

Reilly, P. (2020) Digital disinformation in a deeply divided society: reflections from Northern Ireland. In: Terzis, G., Kloza, D., Kużelewska, E. and Trottier, D. (eds.) Disinformation and Digital Media as a Challenge for Democracy. Series: European integration and democracy series (6). Intersentia: Cambridge, pp. 179-200. ISBN 9781780689753 (doi: 10.1017/9781839700422.012)

Veneti, A., Lilleker, D. G. and Reilly, P. (2020) Photographing the ‘battlefield’: the role of ideology in photojournalist practices during the anti-austerity protests in Greece. Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, 21(6), pp. 855-872. (doi: 10.1177/1464884918809521)

Reilly, P. J. (2020) PSNIRA vs. peaceful protesters? YouTube, sousveillance and the policing of the union flag protests. First Monday, 25(2), (doi: 10.5210/fm.v25i2.10232)

2019

O'Reilly, M., Dogra, N., Hughes, J., Reilly, P. , George, R. and Whiteman, N. (2019) Potential of social media in promoting mental health in adolescents. Health Promotion International, 34(5), pp. 981-991. (doi: 10.1093/heapro/day056) (PMID:30060043) (PMCID:PMC6904320)

Petersen, L., Fallou, L., Reilly, P. and Serafinelli, E. (2019) Public expectations of social media use by critical infrastructure operators during crises: lessons learned from France. In: Murayama, Y., Velev, D. and Zlateva, P. (eds.) Information Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction: Second IFIP TC 5 DCITDRR International Conference, ITDRR 2017, Sofia, Bulgaria, October 25-27, 2017, Revised Selected Papers. Series: IFIP advances in information and communication technology (516). Springer: Cham, pp. 177-189. ISBN 9783030182922 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-18293-9_15)

2018

O'Reilly, M., Adams, S., Whiteman, N., Hughes, J., Reilly, P. and Dogra, N. (2018) Whose responsibility is adolescent’s mental health in the UK? Perspectives of key stakeholders. School Mental Health, 10(4), pp. 450-461. (doi: 10.1007/s12310-018-9263-6) (PMID:30464778) (PMCID:PMC6223973)

O’Reilly, M., Dogra, N., Whiteman, N., Hughes, J., Eruyar, S. and Reilly, P. (2018) Is social media bad for mental health and wellbeing? Exploring the perspectives of adolescents. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 23(4), pp. 601-613. (doi: 10.1177/1359104518775154) (PMID:29781314)

Reilly, P. , Serafinelli, E., Stevenson, R., Petersen, L. and Fallou, L. (2018) Enhancing critical infrastructure resilience through information-sharing: recommendations for European critical infrastructure operators. In: Chowdhury, G., McLeod, J., Gillet, V. and Willett, P. (eds.) Transforming Digital Worlds: 13th International Conference, iConference 2018, Sheffield, UK, March 25-28, 2018, Proceedings. Series: Lecture notes in computer science (10766). Springer: Cham, pp. 120-125. ISBN 9783319781044 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-78105-1_15)

Petersen, L., Fallou, L., Havârneanu, G., Reilly, P. , Serafinelli, E. and Bossu, R. (2018) November 2015 Paris Terrorist Attacks and Social Media Use: Preliminary Findings From Authorities, Critical Infrastructure Operators and Journalists. In: 15th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM 2018), Rochester, NY, USA, 20-23 May 2018, pp. 629-638. ISBN 9780692127605

2017

Petersen, L., Fallou, L., Reilly, P. and Serafinelli, E. (2017) Should CI Operators Use Social Media to Communicate With the Public During Crisis Situations?: Lessons Learned From a Pilot Study in Oslo Harbour. In: 2017 4th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Disaster Management (ICT-DM), Münster, Germany, 11-13 Dec 2017, ISBN 9781538625538 (doi: 10.1109/ICT-DM.2017.8275697)

Petersen, L., Fallou, L., Reilly, P. and Serafinelli, E. (2017) European expectations of disaster information provided by critical infrastructure operators: lessons from Portugal, France, Norway and Sweden. International Journal of Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, 9(4), pp. 23-48. (doi: 10.4018/IJISCRAM.2017100102)

2014

Reilly, P. and Trevisan, F. (2014) Bringing the United Kingdom and Europe closer together? Search engine use during the global recession. In: ISA's 55th Annual Convention: Spaces and Places Geopolitics in an Era of Globalization, Toronto, Canada, 26-29 Mar 2014,

Trevisan, F. and Reilly, P. (2014) Ethical dilemmas in researching sensitive issues online: lessons from the study of British disability dissent networks. Information, Communication and Society, 17(9), pp. 1131-1146. (doi: 10.1080/1369118X.2014.889188)

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Number of items: 29.

Articles

Reilly, P. and Gordon, F. (2022) Can social media help end the harm? Public information campaigns, online platforms, and paramilitary-style attacks in a deeply divided society. European Journal of Communication, (doi: 10.1177/02673231221101865) (Early Online Publication)

Ashwell, C. and Reilly, P. (2022) Exploring discourses of whiteness in the Mary Beard Oxfam-Haiti Twitterstorm. Information, Communication and Society, (doi: 10.1080/1369118x.2022.2050417) (Early Online Publication)

Özkula, S. M., Reilly, P. J. and Hayes, J. (2022) Easy data, same old platforms? A systematic review of digital activism methodologies. Information, Communication and Society, (doi: 10.1080/1369118X.2021.2013918) (Early Online Publication)

Reilly, P. (2021) Countering misinformation and disinformation during contentious episodes in a divided society: tweeting the 2014 and 2015 Ardoyne parade dispute. First Monday, 26(7), (doi: 10.5210/fm.v26i7.10303)

Reilly, P. and Vicari, S. (2021) Organizational hashtags during times of crisis: analyzing the broadcasting and gatekeeping dynamics of #PorteOuverte during the November 2015 Paris terror attacks. Social Media and Society, 7(1), p. 2056305121995788. (doi: 10.1177/2056305121995788)

Murphy, S., Reilly, P. and Murphy, T. (2021) Assessing the potential use of blockchain technology to improve the sharing of public health data in a western Canadian province. Health and Technology, 11, pp. 547-556. (doi: 10.1007/s12553-021-00539-5) (PMID:33747707) (PMCID:PMC7961315)

Fenn, P. and Reilly, P. J. (2020) Problematising the use of Snapchat in higher education teaching and learning. Journal of Social Media for Learning, 1(1), pp. 140-146. (doi: 10.24377/LJMU.jsml.vol1article383)

Reilly, P. J. (2020) Curation, connections and creativity: reflections on using Twitter to teach digital activism. Journal of Social Media for Learning, 1(1), pp. 62-69. (doi: 10.24377/LJMU.jsml.vol1article356)

Veneti, A., Lilleker, D. G. and Reilly, P. (2020) Photographing the ‘battlefield’: the role of ideology in photojournalist practices during the anti-austerity protests in Greece. Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, 21(6), pp. 855-872. (doi: 10.1177/1464884918809521)

Reilly, P. J. (2020) PSNIRA vs. peaceful protesters? YouTube, sousveillance and the policing of the union flag protests. First Monday, 25(2), (doi: 10.5210/fm.v25i2.10232)

O'Reilly, M., Dogra, N., Hughes, J., Reilly, P. , George, R. and Whiteman, N. (2019) Potential of social media in promoting mental health in adolescents. Health Promotion International, 34(5), pp. 981-991. (doi: 10.1093/heapro/day056) (PMID:30060043) (PMCID:PMC6904320)

O'Reilly, M., Adams, S., Whiteman, N., Hughes, J., Reilly, P. and Dogra, N. (2018) Whose responsibility is adolescent’s mental health in the UK? Perspectives of key stakeholders. School Mental Health, 10(4), pp. 450-461. (doi: 10.1007/s12310-018-9263-6) (PMID:30464778) (PMCID:PMC6223973)

O’Reilly, M., Dogra, N., Whiteman, N., Hughes, J., Eruyar, S. and Reilly, P. (2018) Is social media bad for mental health and wellbeing? Exploring the perspectives of adolescents. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 23(4), pp. 601-613. (doi: 10.1177/1359104518775154) (PMID:29781314)

Petersen, L., Fallou, L., Reilly, P. and Serafinelli, E. (2017) European expectations of disaster information provided by critical infrastructure operators: lessons from Portugal, France, Norway and Sweden. International Journal of Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, 9(4), pp. 23-48. (doi: 10.4018/IJISCRAM.2017100102)

Trevisan, F. and Reilly, P. (2014) Ethical dilemmas in researching sensitive issues online: lessons from the study of British disability dissent networks. Information, Communication and Society, 17(9), pp. 1131-1146. (doi: 10.1080/1369118X.2014.889188)

Books

Reilly, P. (2021) Digital Contention in a Divided Society: Social Media, Parades and Protests in Northern Ireland. Manchester University Press: Manchester. ISBN 9780719087073

Book Sections

Petersen, L., Fallou, L., Reilly, P. and Serafinelli, E. (2021) Expectations vs. practice in critical infrastructure operator crisis communication: lessons learned from Portugal, France, Norway, and Sweden. In: Beard, J. W. (ed.) Information Technology Applications for Crisis Response and Management. Series: Advances in human and social aspects of technology book series. IGI Global: Hershey, PA, pp. 24-50. ISBN 9781799872108 (doi: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7210-8.ch002)

Reilly, P. and Zhao, X. (2021) Breaking down barriers? ICTs, international students and intercultural communication within UK Higher Education institutions. In: Brassier-Rodrigues, C. and Brassier, P. (eds.) Internationalisation at Home: A Collection of Pedagogical Approaches to Develop Students' Intercultural Competences. Peter Lang: Oxford, pp. 157-178. ISBN 9782807619005

Veneti, A., Reilly, P. and Lilleker, D. G. (2021) The importance of space in photojournalists’ accounts of the anti-austerity protests in Greece. In: Morrison, J., Birks, J. and Berry, M. (eds.) Routledge Companion to Political Journalism. Routledge: London, pp. 394-403. ISBN 9780367248222

Reilly, P. (2020) Sousveillance. In: Baker, M., Blaagaard, B. B., Jones, H. and Pérez-González, L. (eds.) The Routledge Encyclopedia of Citizen Media. Series: Critical perspectives on citizen media. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY. ISBN 9781138665569 (doi: 10.4324/9781315619811)

Reilly, P. (2020) Digital disinformation in a deeply divided society: reflections from Northern Ireland. In: Terzis, G., Kloza, D., Kużelewska, E. and Trottier, D. (eds.) Disinformation and Digital Media as a Challenge for Democracy. Series: European integration and democracy series (6). Intersentia: Cambridge, pp. 179-200. ISBN 9781780689753 (doi: 10.1017/9781839700422.012)

Petersen, L., Fallou, L., Reilly, P. and Serafinelli, E. (2019) Public expectations of social media use by critical infrastructure operators during crises: lessons learned from France. In: Murayama, Y., Velev, D. and Zlateva, P. (eds.) Information Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction: Second IFIP TC 5 DCITDRR International Conference, ITDRR 2017, Sofia, Bulgaria, October 25-27, 2017, Revised Selected Papers. Series: IFIP advances in information and communication technology (516). Springer: Cham, pp. 177-189. ISBN 9783030182922 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-18293-9_15)

Reilly, P. , Serafinelli, E., Stevenson, R., Petersen, L. and Fallou, L. (2018) Enhancing critical infrastructure resilience through information-sharing: recommendations for European critical infrastructure operators. In: Chowdhury, G., McLeod, J., Gillet, V. and Willett, P. (eds.) Transforming Digital Worlds: 13th International Conference, iConference 2018, Sheffield, UK, March 25-28, 2018, Proceedings. Series: Lecture notes in computer science (10766). Springer: Cham, pp. 120-125. ISBN 9783319781044 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-78105-1_15)

Conference Proceedings

Dajer, D. and Reilly, P. (2021) Social media and intergroup contact during contentious episodes in divided societies: Comparative perspectives from Colombia and Northern Ireland. In: International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR 2021), Nairobi, Kenya, 11-15 July,

Reilly, P. and Gordon, F. (2021) Can social media really ‘End the Harm’? Stakeholder perspectives on the public awareness campaign against paramilitary-style attacks in Northern Ireland. In: International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR 2021), Nairobi, Kenya, 11-15 July,

Ozkula, S., Reilly, P. and Hayes, J. (2020) Easy Data, Usual Suspects, Same Old Places? A Systematic Review of Methodological Approaches in Digital Activism Research Between 1995-2019. In: 21st Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR2020), 27-31 Oct 2020, (doi: 10.5210/spir.v2020i0.11298)

Petersen, L., Fallou, L., Havârneanu, G., Reilly, P. , Serafinelli, E. and Bossu, R. (2018) November 2015 Paris Terrorist Attacks and Social Media Use: Preliminary Findings From Authorities, Critical Infrastructure Operators and Journalists. In: 15th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM 2018), Rochester, NY, USA, 20-23 May 2018, pp. 629-638. ISBN 9780692127605

Petersen, L., Fallou, L., Reilly, P. and Serafinelli, E. (2017) Should CI Operators Use Social Media to Communicate With the Public During Crisis Situations?: Lessons Learned From a Pilot Study in Oslo Harbour. In: 2017 4th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Disaster Management (ICT-DM), Münster, Germany, 11-13 Dec 2017, ISBN 9781538625538 (doi: 10.1109/ICT-DM.2017.8275697)

Reilly, P. and Trevisan, F. (2014) Bringing the United Kingdom and Europe closer together? Search engine use during the global recession. In: ISA's 55th Annual Convention: Spaces and Places Geopolitics in an Era of Globalization, Toronto, Canada, 26-29 Mar 2014,

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Grants

Completed Projects

  • Beyond Religion and Belief, consultancy undertaken on behalf of Nil by Mouth, £4000, April – December 2021.
  • Trip to World Summit on the Information Society 2019, Geneva, Switzerland, Global Leadership Initiative in the Social Sciences (GLOSS), £8700 (PI with Suay Özkula), April 2019.
  • Could social media help you in a flood? Economic Social and Research Council Festival of Social Science, £890.00 (PI) November 2017.
  • Building Community Disaster Resilience: Helping emergency managers and critical infrastructure operators communicate with the general public during crisis situations, Faculty of Social Science Knowledge and Impact Opportunities (KEIO) Scheme, £4,200 (PI), July 2017 - April 2018.
  • #PeaceTech: ICTs and Peacebuilding in divided societies, Digital Societies Research Group, Information School, University of Sheffield, £1146.60 (PI), March – June 2017.
  • Risk, Crisis, Disaster and Development Management: Future Leader Programme, Improvement in Research & Education Fund, Kansai University, £32,400 (Co-Investigator, Primary Investigator Nibedita Ray-Bennett), May 2017 – March 2019.
  • Social media and adolescent mental health: A preliminary qualitative exploration of the potential use of social media for promoting mental health and wellbeing among 12-18 year olds, Wellcome Trust, Society and Ethics Scheme, £4,160 (Co-Investigator, PI: Michelle O’Reilly), January 2016 - January 2017.
  • IMPROVER: Improving Resilience to Crises and Disasters through Preparedness and Experiential Feedback, written in response to the EU Secure Societies call topic DRS-7-2014: Crisis management topic 7: Crises and disaster resilience – operationalizing resilience concepts, £235, 317 out of total project valued at 4.3 million euros, (UK Work Package leader), May 2015 - September 2019.  (Grant reference: 653390)
  • Screencasts in Engineering, University of Leicester Teaching Enhancement Fund, £2002.00 (Co-Investigator, Primary Investigator, Hugo Williams). February – September 2015.
  • CascEff: Modelling of dependencies and cascading effects for emergency management in crisis situations, Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for Research Technological Development and Demonstration Activities, European Commission, €150 807 (£115, 286.38) out of total project valued at 3, 594, 937.80 euros, (UK Work Package leader), April 2014- August 2017. (Grant reference: 607665).
  • YouTube, sousveillance and the policing of union flag protests in Northern Ireland, British Academy, £7,300 (PI), June 2014- June 2015. (Grant reference: SG132416).
  • Transformative Networks: Social media, Parades and Protests, Northern Ireland Community Relations Council, £12000 (PI with Orna Young), March – December 2014.
  • Assessing the use of Screencasts in the teaching and learning of media and communication studies, University of Leicester Teaching Enhancement Fund, £1336.40 (PI), August 2012- June 2013.
  • Mediating Disability in Broken Britain: The Role the Media Plays, Economic Social and Research Council Festival of Social Science (RES-622-26-532), £1680 (PI), November 2012.
  • The right blend? The use of Blackboard to support postgraduate dissertation students University of Leicester Teaching Enhancement Fund, £760 (PI), January – August 2012.

Supervision

I currently supervise the following PhD Researchers:

  • Jenny Hayes, ‘Social media and sousveillance’ (with Dr. Ziqi Zhang), November 2018-present.
  • Alex Ricketts, ‘Social media and community disaster resilience: a process based study of South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue,’ (with Dr Martina McGuinness, Management School), White Rose Collaborative Award scholarship, September 2017- present.

I welcome applications from students interested in pursuing postgraduate research in the following areas:

  • Crisis communication;
  • Digital activism;
  • Digital media and contentious parades and protests;
  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and peace building;
  • Media and conflict transformation in divided societies;
  • Social media sousveillance;
  • Social media research ethics. 

I have successfully supervised the following PhD students to completion: 

  • Semra Bodur, ‘Social movements in Turkey: a case study of the 15 July coup’, (awarded subject to minor amendments, September 2021)
  • Rahma Al Foori, ‘Environmental Journalism & the Construction of Environmental Coverage in Omani Newspapers’ (awarded subject to minor amendments, November 2015)
  • Faith Kibere, ‘Facebook for Development? An ethnographic study of the relationship between the youth and new media in Kibera, Kenya’ (awarded subject to minor amendments, March 2016).

 

Teaching

Postgraduate

  • Media and conflict transformation in divided societies
  • Social Justice Activism in the Information Age

I am also currently the Programme Director for the MSc Media, Culture and Society. 

Professional activities & recognition

Prizes, awards & distinctions

  • 2017: Dedicated Outstanding Mentor (University of Sheffield)
  • 2015: Superstar Award (University of Leicester Students' Union)
  • 2015: 50 most influential UK Higher Education professionals using social media (Jisc)
  • 2014: Distinguished Teaching Fellowship (University of Leicester)

Grant committees & research advisory boards

  • 2021: Remembering Srebrenica East Midlands, Board Member
  • 2020 - 2022: National Teaching Repository, Curator, ICTs and Intercultural Learning
  • 2020 - 2022: Arts and Humanities Research Council, COVID-19 Expert Peer Review Group
  • 2017 - 2022: Arts and Humanities Research Council, Peer Review College
  • 2015: Academic Friends of European Peacebuilding Liaison Office, Member
  • 2017 - 2019: FashionBrain: Understanding Europe’s Fashion Data Universe,, Ethics Board Member
  • 2014 - 2017: Communication and Media Research Center, Board Member

Editorial boards

  • 2020: Journal of Social Media for Learning
  • 2016: For(e)dialogue
  • 2019 - 2021: Frontiers in Communication
  • 2017 - 2020: Palgrave Communications
  • 2016 - 2016: Online Information Review

Professional & learned societies

  • 2021: Member, Conflict Research Society
  • 2014: Member, European Consortium for Political Research
  • 2017: Ethics Working Group Member, Association of internet Researchers
  • 2014: Member, International Association of Media and Communication Research
  • 2014: Member, European Communication Research and Education Association

Selected international presentations

  • 2022: In search of the Global South: regional representation in digital activism research, presented at European Consortium of Political Research annual conference, University of Innsbruck, 22-26 August. (Innsbruck, Austria)
  • 2022: Easy Data, same old platforms? A Systematic Review of Digital Activism Methodologies, paper presented at One World, One Network? 72nd Annual International Communication Association Conference, (Paris, France)
  • 2022: Can machines of hate really facilitate peace? Social media as spaces for intergroup contact in divided societies, paper presented at Peace, Intersectionality and Uncertainties, 6th International Communication and Media Studies Conference (Famagusta, Cyprus)
  • 2021: Conflicting memory and social media: Memorializing the Northern Irish troubles on Instagram, paper presented at 8TH European Communication Conference (Braga, Portugal)
  • 2021: Social media and intergroup contact during contentious episodes in divided societies: Comparative perspectives from Columbia and Northern Ireland (Nairobi, Kenya)
  • 2021: Can social media really ‘End the Harm’? Stakeholder perspectives on the public awareness campaign against paramilitary-style attacks in Northern Ireland, paper presented at Rethinking borders and boundaries” Beyond the global/local dichotomy in communica (Nairobi, Kenya)
  • 2019: Social Media as a tool for addressing the ‘Societal Shrug’ existing in relation to Paramilitary-Style Attacks on Young People in Northern Ireland, paper presented at Justice Reimagined: the intersection between academia, government, industry and the commu (Perth, Australia)
  • 2019: Whose data is it anyway? Doing ethical social media research in the age of datafication, paper presented at 10th International Conference on Social Media and Society (Toronto, Canada)
  • 2019: Strategic techniques for qualitative sampling online – a review of social media monitoring tools towards new approaches for qualitative sampling online, paper presented at 10th International Conference on Social Media and Society (Toronto, Canada)
  • 2019: Information disorder and political polarisation in a deeply divided society: the case of ‘post-conflict’ Northern Ireland, paper presented at Communication, Technology and Human Dignity: Disputed Rights, Contested Truths, International Association of Medi (Madrid, Spain)
  • 2019: Easy data, usual suspects, same old places? A systematic review of Digital Activism research between 1995-2019, paper presented at iCS Symposium on Social Movements and Parties in a Fractured Media Landscape, Centre for Social Movement Studies (Florence, Italy)
  • 2019: PSNIRA vs. peaceful protesters? YouTube, sousveillance and the policing of the union flag protests, presented at Surveillance in the Digital Society, ECIS 2019 (Stockholm, Sweden)

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Leadership Roles

  • Chair, Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) Policy Network (January 2022 – present)

  • Vice-Chair of Crisis, Security and Conflict Communication Working Group, International Association for Media and Communication Research, (September 2021- present)