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Research Statement

While disinformation has always existed, my research explores the cultural shift brought about by the form of ‘fake news’ that emerged from the 2016 US election.  Specifically, the impact for journalists in Northern Ireland during the COVID-19 crisis.

As a Leverhulme Interdisciplinary Network on Cybersecurity and Society (LINCS) project, my research aims to interlink social science with computer science.  Ethnographic fieldwork during the pandemic will form the basis of the study and inform the natural language processing (NLP) direction of the work.  The role of emotion in news production will be explored, as well as questions of truth and trust.

The project will take a constructivist approach, drawing on discourse analysis and theories of affect and emotion.


Research Interests

Anthropology, Emotion, Truth, Post-Truth, Mediatisation, Digital Ethnography, Interdisciplinary, Computational Social Science, Computer Science, Natural Language Processing.


Colette Casey is a Leverhulme Doctoral Scholar at the George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen’s University, Belfast.

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 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • H Social Sciences (General)


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