Social Media Research Associate
Cardiff University

Wil is a WISERD Research Associate based in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University. His PhD thesis explores the nature of contemporary governance by examining the changing landscape of digital surveillance and resistance. Wil has a background in criminology and sociology and prior to taking up his current position in WISERD, worked on ESRC/EPSRC-funded research investigating business-related cybercrime in the UK.

Wil is working across the WISERD Civil Society research programme, exploring the relationship between engagement with social media and civil society. He is also drawing on an interest in developing innovative methodologies to examine the potential that social media research methods can bring to this field.


Trade unions and social media
This project is currently considering the potential value of an analysis of virtual patterns of trade union organisation and mobilisation and specifically the contribution of social media to the rescaling of trade unionism. This includes both: the virtual linkages of the tra
Research Team:
Wil Chivers (Cardiff University), Helen Blakely (Cardiff University), Steve Davies (Cardiff University), Rhys Davies (Cardiff University), Huw Beynon (Cardiff University)