I am an academic, researcher, and project coordinator with a specialism in grassroots storytelling and social movement communication, and professional experience in the third and higher education sectors. I am currently a Project Coordinator with Journey to Justice planning and delivering a major national project focused on economic justice. I also work as a Teaching Associate at the University of Nottingham and have been an Hourly Paid Lecturer at Coventry University teaching media and communication studies, cultural and critical theory to undergraduates and postgraduates.
My academic research and publications critically examine the nature of communicative practices and analyses associated relational networks in on and offline spaces.
My research interests cover a broad range of areas including: • Social movement communicative tactics • Digital and new media, the internet and democratic participation • The political and social role of the mass media and new digital media • Political communication • Critical theory and cultural studies.
My new book, Social Movements in Elections, synthesises all of my research interests. It examines the on and offline communicative tactics of Extinction Rebellion and The People's Assembly Against Austerity in elections and related media coverage and manifesto pledges around the issues of austerity and the environment. It establishes the role of movement-voter interaction in elections as extended political consultation that seeks to persuade more citizens to participate in the electoral process and put pressure on the prospective government over which policies to adopt.
A short piece about my research for @LSEpoliticsblog is now live. It discusses how the tactics of anti-austerity and environmental campaigners render movement-voter interaction a key aspect of electoral communication.
I launched my book at the fifth Political Studies Association Media and Politics Group (@PSAMPG) seminar series. A recording of the event is available on the PSAMPG YouTube channel.
Recent research outputs and projects in academia and the third sector