Marco Bastos is the University College Dublin Ad Astra Fellow at the School of Information and Communication Studies and Senior Lecturer at City, University of London. He has held research positions at the University of California at Davis, Duke University, University of São Paulo, and the Goethe University of Frankfurt. He is the author of Spatializing Social Media: Social Networks Online and Offline (Routledge, 2021) and several research papers that appeared in Journal of Communication, Social Networks, and New Media & Society – where Marco serves in the Editorial Board.

Research Interests

Marco‘s research explores the social implications of technology, including the dynamics of social influence and contagion and the forecasting of social phenomena with digital trace data. Methodologically, Marco’s research leverages network science and computational methods to explore the intersection of communication and critical data studies. His research group studies political communication, algorithmic filtering, and the study of problematic content and misinformation online.

Research Projects  

Marco is the PI of Twitter-funded project “The Brexit Value Space and the Geography of Online Echo Chambers.” The project has identified botnets and echo chambers in the context of the Brexit referendum. The project and the ensuing Impact Case Study have been featured in major media outlets such as BBC, New York Times, Guardian, Washington Post, Bloomberg, Wired, and BuzzFeed. Marco has also received funding from the Swiss National Science Foundation in Switzerland, the National Science Foundation in the US, and the São Paulo Research Foundation in Brazil.


Prior to coming to the University College Dublin, Marco held teaching and research positions at the University of California at Davis (US), Duke University (US), University of São Paulo (BR), Goethe University of Frankfurt (DE).


Marco teaches the postgraduate modules IS40980 – Social Networks Online Offline and IS40880 – Communication Theory at the School of Information and Communication Studies, UCD.


Marco‘s most recent books include “Social Networks Online and Offline” (Routledge, 2021) and the co-edited “Disinformation and Data Lockdown on Social Platforms” (Routledge, 2021). Marco publishes regularly in the journals New Media & Society, Information, Communication & Society, and American Behavioral Scientist. For a full publication list, please see Marco’s Publons, Scopus, and Google Scholar profile pages.


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