Dr Niamh Kirk was appointed as Newman Fellow in Digital Policy in January 2021. She is a communications and information scholar with a focus on digital media, media regulation and governance, informational infrastructures, online cultures, and transnationalism. In particular, she addresses regulation of political communication in the hybrid media environment and its impact on democratic engagement. She specialises in hybrid methodologies that blend quantitative and qualitative methods. 

Research Interests

Her research interests are focused on the intersection of digital media and information infrastructure for democracies. Specifically, she examines digital political marketing, online political communities and mobilisations and information flows. She often adopts a transnational lens to identify how development in digital media can disconnect and disenfranchise migrant communities.   


Niamh received an Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship to pursue a PhD in digital diaspora journalism. She led the ElectCheck which evaluates transparency in political advertising and Code Check projects examining platform compliance with the Code of Practice in Disinformation. She has previously led the Digital News Report Ireland. For a full list of projects see ResearchGate and for publication see Google Scholar


Niamh won the Vincent (Vinny) Doyle Perpetual Trophy for her Masters in Digital Media and Journalism at the Independent College Dublin while working as a journalist. She went on to pursue a PhD in digital diaspora journalism in the School of Communications Dublin City University, funded by the Irish Research Council. She was a research assistant at the Institute for Future Media, Democracy and Society where she led projects on political advertising and platform compliance as well as several annual Digital News Reports. Prior to her appointment as the Newman Fellow she was a postdoctoral researcher on the RePAST project which explored post conflict societies and European integration. She sits on the advisory board of the Journal of Global Media and Diaspora (JGMD)


She lectures on the Data & Society module in the School of Information and Communication studies and co-delivers Advanced Digital Methods to postgraduate students in the School of Sociology, NUI Maynooth. 


Contact: niamh.kirk@ucd.ie