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Stephen Coleman, PhD Biography

Professor of Political Communication at the University of Leeds
Pro to the question "Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?"

“[S]ocial media are inexpensive and easy to use. They signify a trend towards more interaction whereby people create as well as consume content. It is possible to share stories, produce other content and influence the media environment…

A striking aspect of social media sites such as Twitter is that a spontaneous burst of protest can be initiated by one individual in a single post and widely shared… [S]haring experiences and having one’s voice heard on social channels can create a sense of empowerment – of feeling less alone with a personal struggle, and more confidence in showing a part of the self that might usually remain hidden.”

Cowritten with Victoria Betton, Rohan Borschmann, Mary Docherty, Mark Brown, and Claire Henderson, “The Role of Social Media in Reducing Stigma and Discrimination,” British Journal of Psychiatry, June 2015

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor of Political Communication, University of Leeds (UK)
  • Co-Director, Centre for Digital Citizenship, Institute of Communication Studies, University of Leeds
  • Honorary Professor in Political Science, University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Research Associate, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford (UK), Mar. 2006-present
  • Cisco Visiting Professor of e-Democracy, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, Oct. 2002-Dec. 2005
  • Former Director, Hansard E-Democracy Programme (UK)
  • Former Lecturer in Media & Communication, London School of Economics and Political Science (UK)
  • Former Chair, Independent Commission on Alternative Voting Methods (UK)
  • Former Specialist Advisor, Inquiry on ICT and Public Participation in Parliament, House of Commons Information Select Committee (UK)
  • Former Member, Puttnam Commission on Parliamentary Communication with the Public (UK)
  • PhD, London University (UK)
  • BA, London University
  • Recipient, American Political Science Association Award for Best Book of the Year on Politics and Information Technology, for The Internet and Democratic Citizenship: Theory, Practice, and Policy, cowritten with Jay G. Blumer, 2009
  • Has been published in the Guardian and appeared on Radio 4’s The World at One
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