there! My name is Liam, and for what feels like the last decade, I’ve been
interested in the ways in which new communication platforms have changed the
way we conduct politics. In particular, how social media has changed the
communication between citizens and those who seek to represent them. This
research has also led me to analyse how the internet has made political
communication more aggressive, and in some instances, abusive.
I am also
interested in research that looks into everyday political communication within
online communities such as Twitter, Reddit or Discord. And the use of social
media by state institutions, such as The Houses of Parliament, in the promotion
of their work to citizens. If you asked me to summarise my research area into five
key research areas, I’d probably go with (but not limited to) Political
Communication; Social Media; MPs & Parliament; Social News; & Representation.
I’m also more than aware that academic research best benefits society when it’s read by more than the academic bubble. Hence the blog, but also some of my media appearances. I’ve spoken about my research to the NewStateman, New Scientist,Hits Radio, and GP.SE. In addition, I have also written multiple articles on The Conversation. I’m occasionally also on BBC 5Live’s Question Time Extra time, making five appearances on the show so far as an in-studio commentator (or Extra Timer). If you’re a journalist or producer, I’m more than available for interviews or to provide a comment on your article … just sayin’.
McLoughlin, L. & Southern, R. (under review). By Any Memes Necessary? Small political acts, incidental exposure and memes during the 2017 UK General Election.
McLoughlin, L., Ward, S., Gibson, R., & Southern, R. (2016).MPs, Twitter and the EU Referendum Campaign. Paper presented to the Elections, Parties and Opinion Polls Conference, University of Kent, September 8-10th 2016
McLoughlin, L., & Southern, R. (2017). By Any Memes Necessary: Memes and Online Campaigning in the 2017 UK General Election. Paper presented to the Political Studies Association Media and Politics Group Annual Conference, University of Hull, November 16-17 2017.
McLoughlin, L., & Ward, S. (2019). Light in the Darkness? Data Activism and the Campaign Against the Rise of Dark Ads. Paper presented to the Political Studies Association Election, Public Opinion and Parties Conference, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 13-15 September.
Carmbrant, C. (May 3rd, 2014). Britterna väljer väg i valet (in Swedish). GP.SE
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