Declan McDowell-Naylor


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I am a teaching fellow in politics and international relations at Queen Mary, University of London. I instruct students on specific modules within the the college’s International Foundation Programme and Pre-Masters Programme

My research interests cover the areas of political communication, science and technology studies, British politics, and political theory. My work focuses on public engagement with technological innovation, the role of digital media and data in politics, and the future of democracy. I use ethnographic and qualitative research methods, primarily observations, interviews, discourse analysis, and content analysis.  

I have been published in Journalism and in the upcoming 10th volume of Political Communication in BritainMy doctoral thesis, submitted in September 2018, is an ethnographic study of how public engagement is facilitated by organisations and government bodies that are developing autonomous vehicles in the United Kingdom. I am currently working on a manuscript which examines the participatory techniques used in a public trial of autonomous vehicles.