Paolo Gerbaudo, Director
Dr. Gerbaudo’s research focuses on the transformation of contemporary politics both with protest movements and political parties, and on the reshaping of personal and social experience in a digital society. Before joining King’s he has been an Adjunct Professor in Sociology at the American University in Cairo and a reporter for Italian daily newspaper il manifesto. He is the author of ‘Tweets and the Streets: Social Media and Contemporary Activism’ (Pluto/2012) an ethnographic study of the digital communications of the Egyptian revolution, the Spanish indignados and Occupy Wall Street, and of ‘The Mask and the Flag: the Rise of Anarcho-Populism in Global Protest’ (Hurst, OUP/2016), a book exploring the ideology of protest movements and parties in the 21st century. He is currently conducting research on the ‘digital party form’ manifested in anti-establishment parties as the 5 Star Movement in Italy, and Podemos in Spain, and their use of online decision-making platforms.
Alexander Clarkson, Co-director
Dr. Clarkson was born in Canada. After completing his schooling in Hanover, Germany, Alexander studied Modern History at Balliol College, Oxford. After graduating in 2000, he went on to complete his doctorate at the University of Oxford in September 2006. He joined the European Studies Department at King’s College in the summer of 2007. His main research focus is the relationship between immigrant communities and German political movements after 1945. His current project will examine how complex relationships between immigrant and German sub-cultures, such as the Punk movement, Islamic religious networks or computer hackers, have reshaped political discourse on both the local and the national level in Germany since 1980. As part of this project, he will be particularly focusing on the role digital media have played in shaping links between immigrant communities and their societies of origin.
Mark Coté, Co-director
Dr. Mark Coté is a leading researcher in the social, cultural, political and economic dimensions of big data. He has received numerous research grants from the AHRC and EU-Horizon 2020 as both PI and CI, partnering with the Open Data Institute, British Library, Aarhus University, the University of Pisa and many others. He has presented his research at the British Academy, Transmediale, the International Communication Association, and the Berlin Institut for Auslandsbeziehungen, among others. His work has been published widely across leading journals including Big Data & Society.
Photini Vrikki, Administrator
Photini’s research focuses on social movements, social media, and storytelling. Her work revolves around developing new ways of analysing digital society and big data, to understand how social media facilitate decision-making, collective identity and action, as well as ‘impulsive solidarity’. She has examined a wide range of case studies, including the UK General Election in 2015 and the Occupy Wall Street movement, and she is now pursuing research into cyberpolitics, peace, and conflict. She joined King’s College London as a PhD candidate in September 2012 and she holds an MA in English from King’s College London.