Below is a list of the projects I have been or am currently involved in, with details of their outputs.

coming-soonBeyond the MSM: Understanding the rise of alternative online media (2019-2022)

In June 2019, I joined Dr. Stephen Cushion’s and Dr. Richard Thomas’s ESRC funded project aimed at understanding the emergence in recent years of ‘alternative media’. The project is based in the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC). This project is in its very earliest stages and more information will be available as the project develops.


19be2-squarephotos2keynote-005Doctoral Research (2014-2019)

My doctoral research, with the New Political Communication Unit, was an ethnographic study of public engagement with autonomous vehicle development that was facilitated by a jointly government-funded project that took place in London between 2015 and 2018. The research explored the democratic nature of this process, arguing that citizens should be granted more opportunities in these kinds of process. The thesis was supervised by Prof. Ben O’Loughlin and Prof. Andrew Chadwick. Findings from this project are being prepared for publication.


screenshot (108)Primary Definers Now (2016-2018)

Between 2016-2018 I worked as part of a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust funded project led by Prof. Andrew Chadwick. The project investigated the online behavior of one the most influential political organizations in the advanced democracies: think tanks. The project produced two publications:
Chadwick, A., McDowell-Naylor, D., Smith, A. P. and Watts, E. (OnlineFirst) ‘Authority Signaling: How Relational Interactions between Journalists and Politicians Create Primary Definers in U.K. Broadcast News’ Journalism.
Anstead, N. and Chadwick, A. (2018) ‘A Primary Definer Online: The Construction and Propagation of a Think Tank’s Authority on Social Media’ Media, Culture & Society 40 (2), pp. 246–266.
You can find out more about the project on Prof. Chadwick’s website.


screenshot (107)PIRxNPC Wired (2018-2019)

Created by its original editor Nikki Soo, in 2018 I helped set up podcasts for Royal Holloway’s Department of Politics and International Relations. I contributed as an interviewer. You can hear me discuss my doctoral research in episode three of NPC Wired.


© Declan McDowell-Naylor 2019.

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