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

Dr Joanna Redden

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

Senior Lecturer

School of Journalism, Media and Culture

Email:
reddenj@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4322
Location:
1.34, Two Central Square, Central Square, Cardiff, CF10 1FS
Available for postgraduate supervision

I am a Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications in the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Culture and Co-Director of the Data Justice Lab. My current research focuses on two areas: 1) assessing how governments are making use of changing data systems and the implications of these 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 published articles in academic journals such as Big Data & Society and popular sites like Scientific American. 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 Open Society Foundations, 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.

Career overview

  • 2016-present: Lecturer, School of Journalism, Media and Culture, Cardiff University, UK
  • 2014-2015: Assistant Professor, University of Calgary
  • 2011-2014: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Infoscape Research Lab Ryerson University
  • 2010-2011: Project Administrator, Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre
  • 2008-2010: Visiting Tutor, Goldsmiths University of London
  • 2006-2007: Researcher, Chum Television
  • 2002-2005: Legislative and Policy Researcher, New Democratic Party, Canada
  • 1996-2001: Reporter, The Daily News, Bridgewater Bulletin, CKDU

Education

  • 2011: PhD (Media and Communications), Goldsmiths University of London
  • 2007: MA (Communication and Culture), Ryerson University
  • 2000: MA (History), Dalhousie University
  • 1997: BA (Journalism), Carleton University

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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.

My research combines my interests in datafication, politics, governance and social justice. I am involved in two projects investigating how uses of data systems are changing governance and the social justice implications of these changes. One project focuses on mapping changing data systems at a national level in Canada, an article on this project has been published in Big Data & Society. The project was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. A second project involves investigating how local authorities in the United Kingdom are using data systems. This team project, Data Scores as Governance, is funded by the Open Society Foundations. A third project, The Data Harm Record, focuses on documenting adverse effects of data practices that can serve as a learning tool. Early discussions of this research can be found in Scientific American and in The Conversation.

I have been a collaborator on Social Media and Big Data, a project led by Greg Elmer and Ganaele Langlois, which led to a co-edited volume Compromised Data: From Social Media to Big Data. My PhD research was funded by the Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre and this led to my book The Mediation of Poverty as well as a co-authored chapter in New Media, Old News: Journalism and Democracy in a Digital Age.

Research Interests

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

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

Current supervision

Isobel Rorison

Research student

Lele Bao

Research student

Abdulaziz Alkhudhiri

Research student