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Academic Biography

I teach Social Psychology and qualitative research methods. I completed my doctoral thesis in 2017 at Loughborough University, titled ‘Anti-Semitic and Islamophobic Discourse of the British Far-right on Facebook’. In my research I analyse issues such as Islamophobia, far-right/extremist discourse, and the social construction of asylum seekers. Specifically, I am interested in how potentially prejudicial arguments are presented as ‘reasonable’.

Summary of Research Interests

Broadly, I am interested in applying discursive psychology to online communication, researching issues such as far-right and extremist discourse. I have also conducted research analysing the experiences of asylum seekers.

Research Projects & External Funding

  • Anti-Semitic and Islamophobic discourse of the British far-right on Facebook: funded by the Glendonbrook Doctoral Fellowship at Loughborough University- 2013- 2016.
  • Understanding the experiences of asylum seekers: Funded by the Richard Benjamin Trust, 2012.

External Roles and Professional Activities

I am a member of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP).

External Research Collaborations

I worked on a research project in collaboration with the Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre, about understanding the experiences of asylum seekers. 

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

I teach qualitative research methods and social psychology, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. I mainly supervise student dissertations that use qualitative research methods, and computer-mediated communication.

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Research Output

HATEMETER: Hate speech tool for monitoring, analysing and tackling Anti-Muslim hatred online. eCrime

Di Nicola, A., Andreatta, D., Martini, E., Antonopoulos, G. A., Baratto, G., Bonino, S., Bressan, S., Burke, S., Cesarotti, F., Diba, P. & Ferret, J., 2020, Trento: eCrime. 71 p.

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    Applying discursive psychology to ‘fact’ construction in political discourse

    Burke, S. & Demasi, M., 1 May 2019, In : Social and Personality Psychology Compass. 13, 5

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