Prof Rachel Gibson - personal details
I joined the Institute for Social Change and Department of Politics (as a joint appointment) in December 2007 having held previous appointments as Professor of New Media Studies at the University of Leicester, Senior Research Fellow in the ACSPRI Centre for Social Research (ACSR) in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University and Lecturer in politics at the University of Salford. I completed my PhD thesis on the rise of anti-immigrant parties in Western Europe in the late 20th century at Texas A&M University in the US. I have also had held visiting research positions at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES), the University of Durham, the Autonomous University in Barcelona. I have been a Principal Investigator on the Australian Election Study (AES) and the Australian Survey of Social Attitudes (AuSSA) and on a series of Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Australian Research Council (ARC) funded projects dealing with the impact of the new media on politics including an ESRC Professional Fellowship that concluded in 2013. I am currently directing two ESRC projects that look at the impact of political parties and charities use of online tools on citizen involvement in elections and wider civic society. I am a co-editor of the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties and a board member of the Journal of Information Technology and Politics, Information Polity and the Australian Journal of Political Science. I have previously held the role of External Examiner for the MA in Political Communication at the University of Cardiff and currently I am External Examiner for the MSc in Social Science of the Internet at the Oxford Internet Institute. I am on the Peer Review College of the ESRC and have served as reviewer for a range of funding bodies including the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Leverhulme Trust and the British Academy.