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I am a Research Associate at the University of Manchester, based in the Cathie Marsh Institute. I work for the project ‘Digital Campaigning and Electoral Democracy’ (DiCED), a new comparative project for the study of the drivers and effects of digital campaigning in 5 countries and 7 national elections during the period 2020-2023. I have recently obtained my PhD at the University of Nottingham, School of Politics and International Relations. My PhD thesis focused on UK MP communication during the EU referendum, addressing the relationship between representation and the dynamics, frequency, and content of their political communication.


Previously, at the University of Nottingham, I have worked as a lecturer, workshop leader, teaching affiliate and demonstrator.

I have taught about comparative politics, voting behaviour, research design and research methods for several Schools at the University of Nottingham (undergraduate and postgraduate level; Schools of Geography, Sociology & Social Policy, Politics & IR). I have also taught for Q-step.

I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) and a recipient of the University of Nottingham Postgraduate Teaching Assistant Award (2020).




  • MPs' outside interests: British Election Study Research, by Cees van der Eijk and Esmeralda Bon, for the Committee of Standards on Public Life (CSPL), available here. This evidence report was presented together with CSPL's main report on July 3, 2018, shared with the PM, Leader and Shadow Leader of the House of Commons and the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.
  • English Public Attitudes to CSPL-Relevant Questions: Insights from the British Election Study Internet Panel, by Esmeralda Bon and Cees van der Eijk. A report prepared for the Committee of Standards on Public Life (CSPL), available here.

Evidence submissions/report contributions:

  • Submitted evidence included in the Fake News and Critical Literacy Report, by the Commission on Fake News and the Teaching of Critical Literacy Skills, run by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Literacy and the National Literacy Trust, as well as partners Facebook, First News and The Day, available here. This report was presented in the House of Commons on June 13, 2018.
  • I have contributed to The Challenges of Studying Digital Campaigning, a report edited by Katharine Dommett and Sam Power for the British Academy, available here.

I have previously contributed to the Data Impact Blog of the UK Data Service as a Data Impact Fellow.

Prizes and awards

  • Postgraduate Teaching Award (2020): Award granted for outstanding contributions to teaching (e.g. development of innovative teaching materials/approaches), at the University of Nottingham, Graduate School.
  • Michael Cowan Scholarship (2018): Scholarship for outstanding contributions to the PGR community, School of Politics & IR, University of Nottingham
  • Data Impact Fellowship (2017-’19): Fellowship from the UK Data Service (ESRC funded)
  • Collaborative CASE studentship (2016-’19): PhD studentship award by the ESRC in collaboration with the Committee on Standards in Public Life (CSPL). Further supported by a scholarship from Dr. Hendrik Muller’s Vaderlandsch Fonds and a postgraduate studentship from the School of Politics & IR, University of Nottingham. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, The Battle for Britain: MPs’ use of Facebook during the EU referendum campaign, University of Nottingham

26 Sept 201621 Jan 2021

Award Date: 4 Aug 2021

Master of Science, Research MSc (MPhil) Communication Science (distinction), University of Amsterdam

Award Date: 1 Jun 2016

Master of Arts, Research MA (MPhil) Rhetoric, Argumentation Theory and Philosophy, University of Amsterdam

Award Date: 1 Jun 2014

Bachelor of Arts, BA (Hons) Liberal Arts & Sciences (distinction) (University College Roosevelt/Utrecht University), Utrecht University

Award Date: 1 Jun 2012

External positions

PhD candidate, University of Nottingham

1 Oct 20161 Nov 2020

Areas of expertise

  • JA Political science (General)

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Cathie Marsh Institute


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