Professor Andrew Chadwick

Principal Investigator

Andrew Chadwick is Professor of Political Communication in the Department of Communication and Media at Loughborough University. He is also Director of the Online Civic Culture Centre (O3C). He is the author of The Hybrid Media System: Politics and Power.

Professor Cristian Vaccari


Cristian Vaccari is Professor of Political Communication at the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at Loughborough University. He is Director of the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Press/Politics. He is author of Digital Politics in Western Democracies: A Comparative Study.

Dr Natalie-Anne Hall

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Dr Natalie-Anne Hall holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Manchester, an MSc in Social Science Research Methods (Sociology) from the University of Bristol, and an MA in International Development from Nagoya University. Her interest lies in the sociology of political social media use, and she has conducted research into topics such as the Facebook use of Brexit supporters and RT UK’s audience on Facebook.

Dr Brendan Lawson

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Dr Lawson holds a PhD in Media and Communication from the University of Leeds, and Masters Degrees from the University of Leeds and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. His research examines the impact of the communication of numbers by politicians, journalists and experts.