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Understanding the Nature and Impact of Online Hate Speech Victimisation

This research project is in competition for funding with one or more projects available across the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). Usually the projects which receive the best applicants will be awarded the funding. Find out more information about the DTP and how to apply.

The Wales Doctoral Training Partnership, ESRC HateLab, and Galop, the LGBT+ anti-violence charity, are offering a fully funded PhD opportunity at Cardiff University.

If successful, you will conduct research into the effects of online hate speech on victims. A possible focus is transphobic hate speech and how impacts compare to those generated by other types of hate speech (eg homophobic, biphobic, racist). Such comparisons would allow for the creation of an online hate speech harms index.

We anticipate the successful candidate will use social data science tools (eg R, COSMOS) to generate online data, and interview and survey methods to generate offline data on victims. The relevance of the findings from the study (eg the index) to practitioners will be explored.

Applications are sought from candidates with good upper-second class and first class degrees in criminology, sociology or social policy.

The HateLab is an ESRC Data Investment and part of the Social Data Science Lab at the University. It brings together crime, social and computer scientists to study online and offline hate crime and hate speech.

Our external collaborator is GALOP. For the last 35 years Galop has been working to support the rights of LGBT+ people in the UK through their work on hate crime, domestic abuse, sexual violence and policing.


Matthew Williams

Yr Athro Matthew L. Williams

Senior Lecturer

+44(0) 29 2087 4853
Luke Sloan

Dr Luke Sloan

Lecturer in Quantitative Methods

+44(0) 29 208 70262

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