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My name is Liam McLoughlin, and I joined the department in 2021, having previously served at the University of Salford and Birkbeck, University of London. I am a Trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the Political Studies Association, and a committee member for the new Technology, Internet, and Policy (TIP) specialist group.

My research relates to the ways in which new communication platforms have changed the way we conduct politics. For example, I have researched and published on how social media has changed theories of representation between citizens and those who seek to represent them. Relatedly, I have published on how digital platforms facilitate new communicative practices through memes, or abuse towards politicians. If you asked me to summarise my research into five key areas, I’d probably go with: political communication; social media; MPs & parliament; platform governance & representation theory.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Political Studies Association - Trusstee (2021-)

Political Studies Association - Early Career Network, Committee (2019-2021)

Political Studies Association - Technology, Internet, & Policy (TIP) Group Committee & Founding Member (2021-)


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


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