Social Media Research Associate

I am a WISERD Research Associate based in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University. Since 2015 I have worked across the Civil Society research centre, exploring the relationship between engagement with social media and civil society. This has included research into the use of social media by social movements and during instances of collective and industrial action. Presently I am leading research on the platform economy - including an ethnographic study of cycle couriers in Cardiff - and alternative kinds of work and organisation in the form of platform cooperativism.

I am also drawing on an interest in developing innovative methodologies to examine the potential that social media and digital research methods can bring to this field. This has included content and social network analysis of Twitter data using Gephi, COSMOS and NodeXL and mobile digital methods such as GPS mapping and photography.

Broadly, my research interests centre around digital society and the impact of new technologies on people and places. My PhD thesis explored the changing landscape of digital surveillance and resistance and developed theories of social control and nodal governance. I have a background in criminology and sociology and prior to taking up my current position in WISERD, worked on ESRC/EPSRC-funded research investigating business-related cybercrime in the UK.



Machines, platforms and capabilities
Machines, platforms and capabilities utilises mixed methods to examine the significance of different sectors of the gig economy within local labour markets, and includes the study of co-operative alternatives to more dominant forms of platform capitalism. Start date provided
Research Team:
Helen Blakely (Cardiff University), Wil Chivers (Cardiff University), Rhys Davies (Cardiff University)
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
Research Team:
Wil Chivers (Cardiff University), Helen Blakely (Cardiff University), Steve Davies (Cardiff University), Rhys Davies (Cardiff University), Huw Beynon (Cardiff University)
Work and Resistance in the Platform Economy
10th December 2019 |
Presented by Wil Chivers , Cardiff University . This seminar is part of the Cardiff WISERD Lunchtime Seminar series. If you are an external guest, please contact us (029 2087 9338) to confirm availability of places. For further information please...