Colin Scott

Colin Scott is Professor of EU Regulation & Governance at University College Dublin where he currently serves as Vice President for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Principal of UCD College of Social Sciences and Law, and Dean of Social Sciences. He studied at the London School of Economics and at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto.

Research Interests

His research interests focus centrally on the trends of and implications from the fragmentation of regulatory governance. He has more than 100 publications in books, edited books, articles and book chapters with leading journals and presses.

Research Projects

Colin’s major collaborative research projects have included an innovative interdisciplinary study of the regulation of the public sector (UK Economic and Social Research Council), an ethnographic study of UK telecommunications regulation (Leverhulme Trust), a study of the development of meta-regulation (Australian Research Council), a comparative study of liability regulation in local government (ESRC and Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences), a project to build and deploy a database of all central state agencies in Ireland (IRCHSS), a study of the development of reflexive modes of governance (EU Framework Programme 6), a multi-sector study of the growth of transnational private regulation (Hague Institute for Internationalisation of Law) and a study of regulation in Ireland (IRCHSS and Institute for Public Administration).

Affiliations

Prior to his appointment at UCD, in April 2006, he lectured at the London School of Economics (1992-2016) and the University of Warwick (1989-1991). Between 2001 and 2003 he was the Senior Research Fellow in Public Law at the Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University. He was a Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges, from 2006-2009 where he taught on the interdisciplinary masters on European Law and Economic Analysis (ELEA).

He was a research associate of the ESRC Centre for the Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR), based at the London School of Economics from 2000-2010. He was Director of the UCD Centre for Regulation and Governance, 2010-2013. He is a co-author of the Irish State Administration Database (2010-). He was Convenor of the ECPR Standing Group on Regulatory Governance 2016-2021 and Chair of the Biennial Regulatory Governance Conference, ‘Regulation in the Age of Crisis’, held in Dublin in June 2010. He was appointed to the Editorial Board of The Conversation UK in 2017 and to the Irish Research Council in 2021. He was a member of the Board of Institute for Public Administration 2014-16. He has previously had editorial roles with Legal Studies (2011-2016) Law & Policy (2006-2011) and the Modern Law Review (1994-2007).

He was Dean of Law at UCD between 2011 and 2014, Vice Principal for Research and Innovation for the UCD College of Business and Law between 2006 and 2009 and Associate Dean of the UCD School of Law from 2010-2011. He is married with two children, one born in London in 1998 and the other in Canberra in 2002. Colin Scott gave his inaugural lecture, Regulating Everything in February 2008.

Publications

  • Schmidt, R., & Scott, C. (2021). Regulatory discretion: structuring power in the era of regulatory capitalism. Legal Studies, 41(3), 454-473.
  • Hardiman, N., Farrell, D. M., Carolan, E., Coakley, J., Regan, A., Scott, C., … & Zellentin, A. (2021). What Kind of Ireland?. The Oxford Handbook of Irish Politics, 1.
  • Scott, C. (2021), “Managing higher education for a changing regulatory environment”, Public Administration and Policy: An Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 24 No. 1, pp. 7-20. https://doi.org/10.1108/PAP-10-2020-0045
  • Scott, C. (2021). The Politics of Regulation in Ireland. In Farrell, D., Hardiman, N.(eds.). Oxford Handbook of Irish Politics. Oxford University Press.
  • Scott, C. (2020). Implementation: facilitating and overseeing public services at street level. In Cane P., Lindseth P., Ip, E., Hoffman H.(eds.). Oxford Handbook of Comparative Administrative Law. Oxford University Press.
  • Scott, C. (2020). Managing and regulating commitments to equality, diversity and inclusion in higher education. Irish Educational Studies, 39(2), 175-191.
  • Scott, C. (2019). The Democratic Challenges of Effective Private Regulation and Enforcement. In Senden L., de Cock Buning M.(eds.). Private Regulation and Enforcement in the EU: Finding the Right Balance from a Citizen’s Perspective. Hart Publishing.

You can see his full Google Scholar Profile here.

Contact: colin.scott@ucd.ie

Marco Bastos

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.

Affiliations

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).

Teaching 

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

Publications

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.

http://publons.com/a/1420072/

http://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.url?authorId=55630191000

https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=m3UuqoYAAAAJ

Contact: marco.bastos@ucd.ie

Niamh Kirk

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.   

Projects

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

Affiliations

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)

Teaching 

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. 

Publications 

Contact: niamh.kirk@ucd.ie

Elizabeth Farries (she/her)

Elizabeth Farries is an Assistant Professor and Director of the MSc in Digital Policy. She previously directed programmes in technology and human rights for the International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations (INCLO) – where she remains as a Senior Fellow – and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties. A qualified barrister and solicitor in Canada, she carried files relating to litigation, intellectual property, indigenous and human rights.

Research Interests

Elizabeth’s research interests lie at the intersection of digital policy, law, social justice and human rights. She has a particular interest in gendered safety online, secure and private online communications, digital identities, policing surveillance technologies, pandemic technologies, data retention and protection, and international intelligence sharing. She considers these topics in relation to tech impacts on marginalised and special interest communities.

Affiliations

Liz is an Assistant Professor in the school of Information and Communities Studies, UCD, Co-Director of the UCD Centre for Digital Policy, and a Senior Fellow with the International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations. She is a qualified barrister and solicitor in Canada and a member of the Law Society of British Columbia. She is a member of several public interest boards and working groups.

Teaching 

Liz designs and delivers our MSc and Graduate Diplomas in Digital Policy. She is also coordinator or lecturer on the following modules at UCD in the School of Information and Communication Studies:

Previous modules:

  • LLM International and EU Copyright Law. Trinity College Dublin, Winter 2019.
  • L3 Social Inclusion Law Clinic. University College Dublin, 2018 (co-taught with Dr O’Rourke)

Publications

  • Farries, E (2022, accepted) “An Irish Perspective” in Psychogiopoulou E and Casarosa F (Eds) Social Media, Fundamental Rights and Courts: A European perspective. Routledge.
  • Farries, E et al (2022) Expert Letter to Oireachtas Cabinet Members: Policing FRT, 20 June 2022. Ireland.
  • Farries, E and Cronin, 0  (4 June 2022) Submission to inform the report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the right to privacy in the digital age at its 51th session in 2022, Human Rights Council adopted resolution 48/4.
  • Milosevic, T, Farries, E, Jennings, F, Viejo Otero, P. (2022) Submission to Consultation on Online Safety and Media Regulation: An individual complaints mechanism, Ireland.
  • Flaherty, E, Sturm, T, and Farries, E (2022) “The Conspiracy of Covid-19 and 5G: Spatial Analysis Fallacies in the age of Data Democratization.” Social Science & Medicine.
  • Farries, E & Ansbro, D (24 November 2020). Submission to Oireachtas Committee re Harassment, Harmful Communications and Related Offences Bill 2017.
  • Farries, E, Ansbro, D & Tierney G (6 October 2019). Submission to Joint Committee on Justice and Equality re Gendered Online Harassment.
  • Farries, E. 2019. Spying on Dissent – Policing technologies and protest. International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations.
  • Farries, E & Sturm, T (2018) “Feminist legal geographies of intimate-image sexual abuse: Using copyright logic to combat the unauthorized distribution of celebrity intimate images in cyberspaces.” Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space. 51(5) 1145–1165.
  • Farries, E (2019) “Regulation of online content”. Submission to The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.
  • Farries, E (2018) “Gendered Perspectives on Privacy”. Invited submission on behalf of ICCL to UN Special Rapporteur on Privacy Annual report to Human Rights Council 2019. A/HRC/40/63.
  • Farries, E and King, E, (2018) “Unanswered Questions: International Intelligence Sharing.” International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations.
  • McIntyre, TJ, Farries, E & O’Rourke, M (2017) Submission to Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice and Equality – Communications (Retention of Data) Bill 2017.
  • Farries, E (2017) “Review of Danielle Keats Citron, Hate Crimes in Cyberspace. Harvard University Press.” Feminism & Psychology, 27(4) 571-73.
  • Farries, E (2014) “Copyright law: Shifting the balance in favour of digital access.” Feliciter 60(5), 35-9.

Contact: elizabeth.farries@ucd.ie

Eugenia Siapera

As well as being a Professor of Information and Communication Studies, Eugenia Siapera is head of the School of Information and Communication Studies at UCD. She is the author of multiple publications, including books and edited collections, journal articles and book chapters. Eugenia is also the editor of the academic journal Online Information Review. 

Research Interests

Her research interests are in the areas of digital and social media, political communication and journalism. She is further researching and publishing on critical technology studies, digital inequalities, online hate speech and platform governance, digital racism and digitally enabled gender based violence.  

Research Projects  

Eugenia was the PI of HateTrack, a research project on racist hate speech in the Irish digital sphere, jointly funded by the Irish Research Council and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. The project was one of the first to combine social and computer science in developing a machine learning tool for identifying and classifying racially toxic contents on digital platforms. She is currently finishing the Horizon 2020 funded project RePAST, which explores the digital and mediated memory of conflict and European integration. She has also received funding from Science Foundation Ireland, HERA, and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. 

Eugenia was recently awarded a COALESCE grant from the Irish Research Council to examine Alt-Tech Platforms and Covid-19 health narratives. 

Affiliations

Previous affiliations include Dublin City University, Aristotle University (Greece), University of Leicester (UK),  Anglia Ruskin University (UK) and University of Amsterdam (NL).

Teaching 

Professor Siapera delivers the UG module Gender, Race and Diversity in the Digital Age (with Elizabeth Farries and Paraic Kerrigan) and the PG module Platform Governance at the School of Information and Communication Studies, UCD. 

Publications

Eugenia’s most recent books include Understanding New Media (Sage, 2018, second edition) and an edited volume on Gendered Cyber Hate (Palgrave, 2019) with Debbie Ging. She is currently co-editing a volume on Radical Journalism (under contract with Routledge) and working on the 3rd edition of Understanding New Media (under contract with Sage). For a full publication list please see Eugenia’s Google Scholar Profile

Contact: eugenia.siapera@ucd.ie