Victoria O’Meara

Dr. Victoria O’Meara is a Lecturer of Digital Media in the School of Arts, Media and Communication at the University of Leicester. Her research examines how platforms are reshaping work and cultural practices, and the emergent social challenges of algorithmic media environments such as online abuse, harassment, and misinformation. Prior to her current role, she held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Royal Roads University. She is an ongoing research collaborator with the Social Media Lab at Toronto Metropolitan University and a co-founder of the Digital Public Interest Collective.

Select publications:

O’Meara, V., Hodson, J., Gosse, C., & Veletsianos, G. (2024). Invisible, unmanageable & inevitable: Online abuse as inequality in the academic workplace. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.

O’Meara, V. & Hodson, J. (2024) “This is my house!”: Producing and protecting intimacy in the platformed cancer community. Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies.

O’Meara, V., Hodson, J., Jacobson, J., & Gruzd, A. (2023) Just being a bit bitchy: The gendered valences of online anti-social behaviour on Tattle Life. Proceedings of the 57th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences.

Gruzd, A., Hodson, J., Jacobson, J., Mai, P., O’Meara, V., & Soares, F. B. (2023). The state of anti-social behaviour on social media: A census-balanced survey about anti-social behaviour on social media [Report]. Social Media Lab.

Hodson, J., O’Meara, V., Thompson, C., Houlden, S., Gosse, C., & Veletsianos, G. (2022). “My people already know that”: The imagined audience and COVID-19 health information sharing practices on social media. Social Media & Society, 8(3).

O’Meara, V. (2019). Weapons of the chic: Instagram influencer engagement pods as practices of resistance to Instagram platform labour. Social Media & Society, 5(4).

Kate Dommett

Kate Dommett is Professor of Digital Politics at the University of Sheffield. Her research focuses on digital campaigning, political advertising, data and democracy. She has a particular interest in the implications of technology on democratic practice and regulatory responses to these trends, In 2020 Professor Dommett served as Special Advisor to the House of Lords Committee on Democracy and Digital Technology. She was awarded the 2020 Richard Rose Prize by the Political Studies Association for an early-career scholar who has made a distinctive contribution to British politics. Her book, The Reimagined Party was published in 2020, and her new book Data and Democracy in 5 Advanced Democracies has been published with Oxford University Press. More details about her research and publications can be found at

Recent publications

  • Dommett, K., Kefford, G., and Kruschinski, S. (2024) Data-Driven Campaigning in Political Parties: Five Advanced Democracies Compared, Oxford:  Oxford University Press.
  • Dommett, K.  (2024) ‘Understanding the modern election campaign: Analysing campaign eras through financial transparency disclosures at the 2019 UK general election’, Government and Opposition. Forthcoming.
  • Gibson, R., Bon, E. and Dommett, K.  (2024) ‘”I always feel like somebody’s watching me”: What do the U.S. electorate know about political micro-targeting and how much do they care?’, Journal of Quantitative Description: Digital Media, 4. DOI:
  • Barclay, A., Gibson, R., & Dommett, K. (2023) ‘The regulatory ecosystem of data driven campaigning in the UK’. Frontiers in Political Science, 5.
  • Dommett, K. and Zhu, Z. (2023) ‘What is an online political advert? An interrogation of conceptual challenges in the formation of digital policy response’, Policy and Internet, 1-18. Available here.  
  • Power, S., Dommett, K., Macintyre, A. & Barclay, A. (2023) ‘Voters’ Understanding of Electoral Spending: Evaluating UK Transparency Mechanisms’, Representation. Available here.
  • Dommett, K., Barclay, A. and Gibson, R. (2023) ‘Just what is data-driven campaigning? A systematic review’, Information, Communication and Society,

Hunter Vaughan

Hunter Vaughan is Senior Research Associate at the Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy, University of Cambridge. Dr. Vaughan is the author and editor of numerous books and articles, including Hollywood’s Dirtiest Secret: the Hidden Environmental Costs of the Movies (2019) and the collection Film and Television Production in the Age of Climate Crisis (co-editor with Pietari Kaapa, 2022). He is founding editor (with Meryl Shriver-Rice) of the Journal of Environmental Media ​, co-Director of the AHRC-funded Global Green Media Network, and co-PI (with Nicole Starosielski) on the Sustainable Subsea Networks project.

Ronan Costello

Ronan Costello currently works as the Head of European Public Policy at Reddit. Before this, he was a Public Policy Director for the EMEA region at Twitter (now X). Ronan has a Bachelor of Laws from Trinity College Dublin and has completed his MSc Media and Communication Governance at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He is also a qualified barrister. Ronan has delivered multiple lectures on our educational programmes and he is a graduate of our Professional Certificate in Digital Policy.

Siobhan Cummiskey

Siobhán Cummiskey is a Director of Content Policy at Meta. Her global team writes and interprets policies governing what content people can share on Meta’s platforms. Siobhán and her team also ensure Meta’s compliance with content-based regulation meets international human rights standards. Prior to joining Meta in 2012, Siobhán practiced as a lawyer, including holding the position of Managing Solicitor at the Irish Traveller Movement Law Centre. She has worked in human rights law in the UK, India and Malawi and has lectured in the areas of social media regulation, human rights law and equality law. She is a qualified lawyer in Ireland and the State of New York and holds a LL.B. from the University of Dublin, Trinity College and a first class honours LL.M. in Human Rights Law from the University of Nottingham.

Bahareh Heravi

Dr. Bahareh Heravi is a Reader (Professor) in AI and Media at the Institute for People-Centred AI at the University of Surrey. In her research, she focuses, among other topics, on the use of AI in journalism and AI, data storytelling and Data & Computational Journalism.

Furthermore, Bahareh is a founding co-chair of the European Data & Computational Journalism Conference, acts as an expert evaluator and a project monitor for the European Commission and the Research Data Alliance, serves on the EDI Advisory Committee of the Royal Statistical Society, and she sits on the Irish Government’s Open Data Governance Board.

Prior to her current position at the University of Surrey, Bahareh was an assistant professor at the UCD School of Information and Communication Studies. At UCD, she was the founding director of UCD Data Journalism Programme. Before becoming an academic, she worked for over 10 years in the industry.

Bahareh was selected as one of Silicon Republic’s Sci-Tech 100, and was named one of “22 high-flying scientists making the world a better place” in 2019.

Tijana Milosevic

Dr. Tijana Milosevic is an Elite-S Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (MSCA COFUND programme), jointly appointed with DCU Anti-Bullying Centre and ADAPT SFI, focusing on social media policies and digital media use among children and youth. She is also a member of the EU Kids Online Kids research network.

Further, she has been the PI on a Facebook-funded project Co-designing with Children: A Rights-based approach to fighting Cyberbullying.

Her research interests are, among other subjects: cyberbullying, digital media, privacy and digital wellbeing.

She has authored and co- authored a number of articles on children’s media use and other topics. Her first monograph Protecting Children Online? Cyberbullying Policies of Social Media Companies was published in The MIT Press Information Society Series.


Niamh Kirk

Dr. Niamh Kirk is a lecturer in the School of English, Irish and Communications at the Univeristy of Limerick. Prior to that, she was appointed as Newman Fellow in Digital Policy. 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. She specialises in hybrid methodologies that blend quantitative and qualitative methods. 

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. Then, she 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 as well as the Code Check projects, examining platform compliance with the Code of Practice in Disinformation. She has previously led the Digital News Report Ireland. 

After completing her PhD, she started working as 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)


Recent publications:

Kirk, N., Farries, E., & Siapera, E. (2023). Public Perceptions of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Regulation. UCD Centre for Digital Policy

Kirk, N., Teeling, L. (2022). A review of political advertising online during the 2019 European Elections and establishing future regulatory        requirements in Ireland. Irish Political Studies, 27(1), 85-102

Siapera, E., Kirk, N., & Doyle, K. (2019). Netflix and Binge? Exploring New Cultures of Media Consumption. Broadcasting Authority of Ireland



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