Dr Joanna Redden BA (Carleton) MA (Ryerson) MA (Dalhousie) PhD (Goldsmiths)

Dr Joanna Redden

BA (Carleton) MA (Ryerson) MA (Dalhousie) PhD (Goldsmiths)

Lecturer

School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

Email:
reddenj@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4322
Location:
0.62a, Bute Building

I am a Lecturer in Media and Communications in the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies and Co-Director of the Data Justice Lab. My current research focuses on two areas: 1) assessing how governments are making use of big data and the implications of changing practices, particularly in relation to governance and equality / inequality and 2) a project devoted to documenting and learning from where there have been harms caused by data practices. Previous research has focused on the relationships between digital media, news and poverty politics.

I am the author of The Mediation of Poverty: The News, New Media and Politics (Lexington, 2014) and co-editor of Compromised Data: From Social Media to Big Data (Bloomsbury, 2015)I have contributed chapters to Critical Perspectives on Social Media and Protest: Between Control and Emancipation (Rowman & Littlefield 2015), Social Media and Democracy: Innovations in Participatory Politics (Routledge 2012) and New Media, Old News: Journalism and Democracy in the Digital Age (Sage, 2010). My research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre.

I have held fellowships at the Infoscape Centre for the Study of Social Media, Ryerson University and at the Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre. Prior to joining Cardiff I was an Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary. I have worked as a reporter, as well as a researcher in documentary television and in politics.

I welcome PhD proposals in the areas of Critical Data Studies, data governance, data activism and more broadly work that connects social justice issues to emerging big data practices.

Currently teaching:
Big Data, Society and Everday Life (postgraduate)
Data Power (undergraduate)

Previously taught:
Digital Activism
Critical Media Studies
Research Methods


PhD supervision

I welcome PhD proposals in the areas of Critical Data Studies, data governance, data activism and more broadly work that connects social justice issues to emerging big data practices.

Current MPhil and PhD student topics supervised

  • "The power of data driven knowledge: raising awareness of data-driven policy making in health services"
  • "New media, Chinese government and society"
  • "More than meets the surface: Policing crime on the deep web"
  • "A thematic analysis of lecturers and students' perceptions of e-education and their rationales for it"
  • "Big data and the music industry"
  • "A five-year study of news coverage of predictive policing in the U.S. and UK"

My research combines my interests in datafication, politics, governance and social justice. My latest project considers how uses of big data are changing governance and is particularly concerned with the implications in relation to equality / inequality. This involves investigating how big data is influencing decision-making, policy development, and service provision in relation to social services. A related study focuses on documenting adverse effects of data practices that can serve as a learning tool. To date work in these areas has led to a co-edited book Compromised Data: From Social Media to Big Data (Bloomsbury, 2015). My research on Government of Canada big data practices has been published as a chapter in that book, and two additional articles on the topic are in preparation.

Research Interests

Big data and governance
Critical Data Studies
Digital Activism
Media and Democracy
Media Power

Recent Funded Research

(2015-2016) Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada - Insight Development Grant, 'Big Data and Social Governance'. Principal Investigator: Joanna Redden.

(2011-2014) Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada - Insight Grant, 'Social Media and Big Data'. Principal Investigators: Dr Greg Elmer, Ryerson University and Dr Ganaele Langlois, York University. Collaborators: Dr Joanna Redden, Dr Jean Burgess, Dr Axel Bruns, Dr Mary Francoli, Dr Daniel Pare and Dr Anatoily Gruzd.

(2011-2014) Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada - Postdoctoral Fellowship, 'Big Data and Canadian Governance'.

(2007-2010) Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre - Doctoral Fellowship, 'The Mediation of Poverty in Canada and the United Kingdom'