I joined Melbourne from the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Leicester, where I was a Senior Lecturer. I have held numerous research grants from organisations such as the Economic and Social Research Council, the Research Councils of the United Kingdom, the British Academy and the European Union. The total value of these grants is in excess of $6m. In 2012, I was a Mid-Career Fellow of the British Academy. In 2017 I was a Visiting Fellow at Stanford University (Symbolic Systems), and have previously been a Visiting Fellow at the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds. I have published widely in the highest ranked communication and politics journals in the world, including Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication; New Media & Society (4); Press/Politics; Political Communication; Information, Communication & Society (2); International Journal of Communication (2); Media, Culture & Society; Journalism Studies (2); European Journal of Communication; Journal of European Public Policy; Parliamentary Affairs; and the Journal of Information Technology & Politics. My research has received over 2400 citations, with an H index of 22 and an i10 index of 28.
My research focuses on online political communication, online political participation and journalism. Specific interests include: online deliberation; everyday political talk; online political participation and activism; the impact of website design on political debate; super-participants; censorship and online discussion; methods of analysing online discussion; newspaper comment spaces; and data journalism. My research is multi-method, comparatively grounded, and is quantitative and qualitative - using content analysis, statistics, interviews and discourse analysis.
I have held a number of important leadership and administrative roles. I am currently the Deputy Head of Media and Communication. I was previously Chair of Graduate Studies in th
AHRC Research Network on E-petitions (36,419 GBP).
Mid-Career Fellow of the British Academy (2012) "Blogging the Political". (Ref: MC110323) Value: £113,000.
EU Interreg Grant "Sea Media" (Ref: 07-004-EN-SeaMedia) Value: 3,300,000 euros (around 500,000 held by UEA)
International working group on online consultation and public policy making” (2006-2009) Working Group Member. The working group was supported by a $280,000 grant (part of a larger $1,000,000 to the Center for Technology in Government at the State University of New York at Albany) from the US Government-backed National Science Foundation Digital Research Program (PI, Sharon Dawes, SUNY-Albany; IWG Chair, Peter Shane, Ohio State University).
Organised Virtual Collective Action” (2008) British Academy Small Grant (CI with Stephen Coleman).
RCUK Research Fellow (£125,000)
ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow (£21,000)
ESRC PhD Studentship (c£20,000)
Education and training
University of East Anglia 2007
University of East Anglia 2005
University of East Anglia 2001
Keele University 2000
Awards and honors
CUE East Award for Excellence in Outreach and Engagement, University of East Anglia,
Available for supervision
I am interested in supervising research students in the broad area of new media and political communication. I would be particularly keen to supervise work that focuses on: e-petitions, online consultations, everyday political talk, online moderation, online deliberation and online journalism. I currently supervise: William Lukamto (The Art of Soft-Authoritarian Censorship: A comparative) Sally McIntyre (Out of the Nest: Understanding the vulnerability of mobile dependent teens in large-scale disasters) Verity Trott (Digital Feminist Activism) Kim Doyle (Data Journalism) Shiau Ching Wong (Hybrid Media Campaigning - completed)