Digital Citizenship and Surveillance Society
This ESRC-funded project, hosted at the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Culture Studies, explores the nature, opportunities and challenges of digital citizenship in light of the governmental surveillance measures revealed by whistle-blower Edward Snowden. In my work as a Research Assistant, I focussed on the Policy work-stream, analysing the existing policy framework and proposed revisions around digital surveillance.
innovation.world: a cross-national comparison of open government data innovation hubs
Myself and two co-applicants won funding from innovation charity Nesta’s Bright Ideas research fund for this project. We researched the varied use of open government data by civil society groups around the world, and investigate how this relates to wider political and cultural factors.
Accessing and Using Big Data to Advance Social Science Knowledge
As part of my research work at the Oxford Internet Institute I assisted with this Sloan Foundation-funded project, investigating the innovative and pioneering ways in which big data sources are being used for academic research and policy making.
Big UK Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities
In partnership with the British Library and the Institute of Historical Research, this AHRC-funded project, on which I served as research assistant, investigates how web archives can be used as an emerging source of big data for academic research.
As part of my work as a Campaign Fellow on the Obama for America campaign in 2012, I led the development of grassroots support in the city of Goffstown, New Hampshire. This involved reaching out to new and existing supporters and staging local events and activities to grow the campaign from the ground up.
Whilst working for London-based tech firm Eproductive, I managed the development and rollout of stakeholder networking software for leading UK charity Save the Children. This involved liaising with developers and the client to create a cutting-edge platform for the sharing of news, tools, media and other resources between various stakeholders within the organisation.
Between 2011 and 2012 I served as Sub-editor and then Culture Editor of The Vibe, an online news site led by and aimed at students and young people. I commissioned, proofread and prepared contributions for publication on the website.
As part of research for my undergraduate dissertation, I developed an online questionnaire designed to test a participant’s ideology on three dimensions of policy: economic, social and foreign. The questionnaire is still live and active.
During the 2010 general election I worked as a regional organiser for the political campaign Power2010. The group advocated electoral and constitutional reform, and my work involved organising events in local towns, securing signatures from the public and engaging with parliamentary candidates.
At the age of 16 I came up with the idea for a website which promoted efforts to mitigate climate change using a geographic interface. I won an award and grant from UnLtd and the Guardian for the idea, which I used to develop concepts and a prototype site.