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’.
Rodgers, S., Ballatore, A., McLoughlin, L., & Moore, S. (2022). Facebook City: Ambiguities between Commercial Platform and Ordinary Urban Communication Infrastructure. Paper presented to the 9th European Communication Conference, ECREA, ‘Rethink Impact’, Aarhus, Denmark, 19-22 October.
Ward, S., Southern, R., McLoughlin, L. & Harmer, E. (2022). Why Don’t You Do Some Real Reporting? Online Incivility and Abuse Towards Political Journalists. Paper presented to the Political Studies Association’s Annual International Conference, University of York, 11-13 April.
Rodgers, S., McLoughlin, L., Ballatore, A., Moore, S. (2021). LOCALIZING CONTENT MODERATION: APPROACHING THE ORIENTATIONAL SPACES OF FACEBOOK GROUP ADMINS AND MODS. AoIR Selected Papers of Internet Research, 2021. https://doi.org/10.5210/spir.v2021i0.12236
McLoughlin, L. (2021). Conceptualising Content Moderation. Paper presented to the Political Studies Association’s Annual International Conference, Queen’s University Belfast, 29-31 March.
McLoughlin, L. (2020). Towards a greater understanding of what is, and what isn’t allowed on the internet. Paper presented to the PSA ECN #BecauseTheInternet virtual Conference. (https://becausetheinternet.psaecn.co.uk/), 13-24 July.
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.
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, 16-17 November.
2021 – Operations Officer and Founding member, Technology, Internet, and Policy (TIP) Specialist Group.
2021 – 2022Trustee & Executive Committee, Political Studies Association.
2019-2021, Communication’s Officer, Political Studies Association’s Early Career Network. Active in all aspects of the communication from the specialist group, and the promotion of early career scholars in the area of politics. I played a pivotal role in shifting the group (and the wider PSA) to virtual events and created the platform and format for both ‘#BecauseTheInternet’ (2020) and ‘Random Access Memories‘ (2021) virtual conferences.
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