Professor Andrew Chadwick

BSocSc (Birmingham), MSc (London School of Economics), PhD (London School of Economics)

  • Professor of Political Communication
  • Director of the Online Civic Culture Centre (O3C)

Andrew Chadwick (BSocSc Birmingham, MSc London School of Economics, PhD London School of Economics) is Professor of Political Communication and Director of the Online Civic Culture Centre (O3C). He is also Director of Undergraduate Admissions for Communication and Media, and teaches on Loughborough’s new MA Social Media and Political Communication.

Most of his research has explored the internet and newer media as they relate to four broad areas of political communication: political mobilisation, political engagement, news and journalism, and deception and misinformation.

Andrew’s books include The Hybrid Media System: Politics and Power (Oxford University Press, Second Edition, 2017, 346pp), which won the International Journal of Press/Politics Book Award for an outstanding book on media and politics published in the previous ten years and the American Political Science Association Information Technology and Politics Section Best Book Award.

Andrew teaches courses on political communication, digital media and society, and data, power, and democracy.

He is the founding series editor of Oxford University Press’ book series Oxford Studies in Digital Politics, which launched in 2010 and currently features 34 books. Series books have received 18 international book awards to date. Andrew also serves on the editorial boards of several journals including New Media & Society, the International Journal of Press/Politics, Social Media and Society, Communication Theory, and Political Communication.

In addition to his next book, he is currently working on a new research project based that explains the diverse factors that lead to deception, amplification, and other aspects of the sharing of misinformation and disinformation on social media—part of the development of a new research centre at Loughborough University, the Online Civic Culture Centre (O3C) and a new research project that will run from 2021 to 2024, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. He is also currently working on an interdisciplinary collaborative project on vaccine hesitancy, with researchers in social and medical sciences from Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol and Aston universities.

Andrew has appeared on BBC Radio Four’s Thinking AllowedThe Moral Maze, and The World at One, as well as Sky News. He has authored articles for the British and U.S. press, including The Independent and the Washington Post and his research has been been covered by journalists in the UK, Finland, Italy, Japan, Norway, Portugal, and Spain, among other countries, including in outlets such as The Times, Newsweek, CNN, the Independent, Bloomberg News, the Telegraph, the New Scientist, First Draft, and the New Statesman.

In 2019 he became an advisor (unpaid) to Clean up the Internet, a new, independent, UK-based organisation concerned about the degradation in online discourse and its implications for democracy. In 2020 he joined the DCMS’ new Counter-Disinformation Policy Forum.

Andrew has given keynote speeches in Canada, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom, and invited lectures in Austria, Canada, Italy, Norway, Spain, the United States, at many universities across Britain, and at other public institutions including the Parliament of Canada, the UK Parliament, the UK Cabinet Office, the US Congressional Research Service, the RSA, the US Embassy in London, the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), the Institute of Historical Research, the European Parliament Information Office, the UK Labour Party, and Policy Network.

The Times Higher featured him in a profile article in September 2017 when he was appointed to an Excellence 100 Professorship at Loughborough.

For more information about Andrew Chadwick’s research, publications, teaching, and PhD supervision, visit his personal website.

Current postgraduate research students

  • Catherine Baker: "Examining the construction of misogyny online: a case study of the “incel” subculture."
  • Meghan Conroy: "Understanding the spread of online misinformation that rejects scientific consensus: audiences, platforms, and algorithms."
  • Harvey Dodds: “Social class and social media.”
  • Ed Holmes: “Everyday sharing of misinformation on private social media.”
  • Andrew Ross: "Understanding the technological democratisation of public opinion cues."

Recent postgraduate research students

  • Simon Collister (2019) “Hybridity, Materiality & Choreography: Towards a Theory of Mediated Power in a Networked Communication Environment.” Following a period as Senior Lecturer in Communication at the University of the Arts, London, Simon recently returned to professional public relations practice with Blackbook London.
  • Declan Mcdowell-Naylor (2019) “The Participatory, Communicative, and Organisational Dimensions of Public-Making: Public Engagement and The Development of Autonomous Vehicles in the United Kingdom.” Declan is currently a postdoctoral researcher on the ESRC-funded project on UK alternative media at Cardiff University.
  • Ellen Watts (2018) “Celebrities as Political Representatives: Explaining the Exchangeability of Celebrity Capital in the Political Field.” Ellen is currently a lecturer in qualitative research methods in the Department of Methodology at LSE.
  • Amy P. Smith (2018) “Commodification and control: news media agenda setting during the 2015 United Kingdom general election.” Amy is currently a lecturer in politics at the University of Sheffield.
  • James Dennis (2015) “‘It’s Better to Light a Candle than to Fantasize About a Sun’: Exploring Social Media and ‘Slacktivism.’” James is currently Senior Lecturer in Journalism at the University of Portsmouth. His dissertation was awarded the American Political Science Association Information Technology and Politics Section Best Dissertation Award, 2017.
  • Aaron Bastani (2015) “Strike! Occupy! Retweet!: The Relationship Between Collective and Connective Action in Austerity Britain.” Aaron is the author of Fully Automated Luxury Communism (Verso, 2019), co-founder of Novara Media, and a contributor to the Guardian, the London Review of Books, the New York TimesVice, and Open Democracy, among many other outlets.
  • Christopher Boerl (2012) “A Kingdom Divided: New Media, the Fragmentation of Evangelical Cultural Values, and U.S. Politics.” Dr Boerl was communications manager for Mike Williams for Congress 2012, currently works for Teach for America, a U.S.-wide educational non-profit, and is chair for New Bedford in the Massachusetts Democratic Party.
  • Nick Anstead (2009) “Party System Variables and the Impact of the Internet: A US-UK Comparison.” Nick is currently an Associate Professor in Political Communication in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE.
  • Dr Yenn Lee (2009) “The Internet and the 2002 Presidential Election in Korea.” Yenn is a senior lecturer in social science research methods at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

Since 2017

  • Chadwick, A., Vaccari, C. and Kaiser, J. (2021, In Press). The Amplification of Exaggerated and False News on Social Media: The Roles of Platform Use, Motivations, Affect, and Ideology. American Behavioral Scientist.
  • Chadwick, A., Kaiser, J., Vaccari, C., Freeman, D., Lambe, S., Loe, B. S., Vanderslott, S., Lewandowsky, S., Conroy, M., Ross, A. R. N., Innocenti, S., Pollard, A. J., Waitre, F., Larkin, M., Rosebrock, L., Jenner, L., McShane, H., Giubilini, A., Petit, A., & Yu, Ly-Mee (2021, In Press). Online Social Endorsement and Covid-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in the UK. Social Media and Society.
  • Baker, C. R. and Chadwick, A. (2021). Corrupted Infrastructures of Meaning: Post-truth Identities Online. in Tumber, H. and Waisbord, S. (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Media Disinformation and Populism (Routledge).
  • Freeman, D., Loe, B. S., Chadwick, A., Vaccari, C., Waite, F., Rosebrock, L., Jenner, L., Petit, A., Lewandowsky, S., Vanderslott, S., Innocenti, S., Larkin, M., Giubilini, A., Yu, L-M, McShane, H., Pollard, A.J., & Lambe, S. (2020). Covid-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in the UK: The Oxford Coronavirus Explanations, Attitudes, and Narratives Survey (OCEANS) II. Psychological Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1017/S00332917200051
  • Vaccari, C. and Chadwick, A. (2020). Deepfakes and Disinformation: Exploring the Impact of Synthetic Political Video on Deception, Uncertainty, and Trust in News. Social Media and Society, January-March, pp. 1-13.
  • Chadwick, A. (2019). The New Crisis of Public Communication: Challenges and Opportunities for Future Research on Digital Media and Politics. Online Civic Culture Centre, Loughborough University. 22pp.
  • Chadwick, A. and Vaccari, C. (2019) News Sharing on UK Social Media: Misinformation, Disinformation & Correction. Online Civic Culture Centre, Loughborough University. 32pp.
  • Chadwick, A., Vaccari, C. and O'Loughlin, B. (2018). Do Tabloids Poison the Well of Social Media? Explaining Democratically Dysfunctional News Sharing. New Media & Society 20 (11), pp. 4255–4274.
  • Chadwick, A., McDowell-Naylor, D., Smith, A. P. and Watts, E. (2018) Authority Signaling: How Relational Interactions between Journalists and Politicians Create Primary Definers in U.K. Broadcast News. Journalism.
  • Anstead, N. and Chadwick, A. (2018). A Primary Definer Online: The Construction and Propagation of a Think Tank’s Authority on Social Media. Media, Culture & Society 40 (2), pp. 246–266.
  • Chadwick, A. (2017) The Hybrid Media System: Politics and Power (Second Edition) (Oxford University Press), 368pp.