Updates about my activity during the 2018-2019 academic year.


May 2019

Nothing happened in May, besides a lot of teaching and marking…

April 2019

I presented a paper on the digital politics of engagement tools at PSA 2019, in Nottingham, England. I shared this panel with Dr. Mark Shepard (Strathclyde), Dr. Jen Birks (Nottingham), and Dr. Alison Gardner (Nottingham).

I was also offered a job as a research associate at Cardiff University, as a Research Associate on a three-year ESRC project which aims to understand the rise of ‘alternative media’. I begin in June.

March 2019

I began organising data and literature for two papers I plan to write this summer. The first will examine the use of digital tools to mediate public engagement with “connected and autonomous vehicles” (CAV) development in the UK. The second will be an analysis of UK news media reports on the UK Government’s CAV program, with a focus on the representations of government policy and strategy.

February 2019

Nothing happened in February, besides a lot of teaching and marking…

January 2019

I passed my PhD viva with minor corrections. My examiners were Prof. Phil Howard from the University of Oxford, and Dr. Jack Stilgoe from University College London.

I published a chapter in a new book, Political Communication in Britainedited by Dominic Wring, Roger Mortimore, and Simon Atkinson. My chapter explores the use of digital media in the 2017 general election.

I presented a paper, based on my doctoral research findings, at MeCCSA 2019, in Stirling, Scotland. I shared this panel with Dr. Antje Gluck (Teeside), Alison Pereston (Ofcom), Dr. Catherine Happer (Glasgow), and Dr. Andrew Hoskins (Glasgow). I also contributed a short article on Facebook and democracy to Three-D, the conference’s newsletter, ahead of the conference.

December 2018

I organised and presented a panel on autonomous vehicles at Science in Public 2018, in Cardiff, Wales. I shared this panel with Dr. Jack Stilgoe (UCL), Dr. Sam Hind (Siegen), and Maya Ganesh (Leuphana).

November 2018

I presented a paper, based on my doctoral research findings, at the Political Studies Association Media and Politics Group Annual Conference. I shared this panel with Jón Gunnar Ólafsson (Goldsmiths), Malaika Cunningham (Leeds), and Elysia Lechelt (Leeds).

October 2018

Nothing happened in October, besides a lot of teaching…

September 2018

I began my new post as Teaching Fellow in Politics and International relations at Queen Mary, University of London. I teach politics to international students from all over the world, within the college’s International Foundation Programme and Pre-Masters Programme.

© Declan McDowell-Naylor 2019.

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