I specialise in social movement communication and grassroots storytelling. My main areas of research are the political and social role of digital, new and legacy media and content and discourse analysis in the digital environment.
During 2022, I was the PI on an ESRC funded postdoctoral Impact and Knowledge Exchange Fellow at the University of Nottingham. My project considered the role of storytelling for economic justice and continued my relationship with the human rights education charity Journey to Justice.
My doctoral research, funded by Midlands4Cities/AHRC, analysed the campaigning strategies, tactics and arguments around the National Health Service (NHS) that were employed by the social movement People’s Assembly Against Austerity and the manifestos of two main political parties during the 2015 and 2017 UK general elections. Using NVivo and Critical and Political Discourse Analysis, I analysed the language of online and offline communication, including tweets, activist websites, podcasts, visual performances on the street and other social media video messaging. This research was expanded to include Extinction Rebellion and the 2019 general election in my monograph Social Movements in Elections (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021).