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Dr Jennifer Gaskell PhD, FRSA

Research Fellow

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I hold an interdisciplinary PhD in Web Science from the University of Southampton. My research has focused on the ways new Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have affected civic and political participation in post-conflict contexts, as well as the empowerment of local actors in peacebuilding. I am the co-founder of Build Up, a social enterprise working at the intersection of new technologies, civic engagement and peace.

I have extensive experience of designing and implementing mixed method and participatory research projects looking to evaluate the strength and legitimacy of governance institutions and processes in conflict and post-conflict contexts such as Cyprus, Burundi, the Somali region, the Middle East and South Asia. You can follow me on Twitter @jengaskell15. More details are on LinkedIn.

University of Southampton
Research Fellow, TrustGov, July 2019 - present
Web and Internet Science:
Research Fellow on H2020 project Data Pitch, April 2018 – June 2018

Associate, March 2017 – present

Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce
Fellow, February 2016 – present

Build Up
Co-founder & Research Director, April 2014 – April 2018
Build Up is a social enterprise working at the intersection of technology, peacebuilding and civic engagement. I am a co-founder of the organization and directly participate in a number of Build Up projects, namely:

Interpeace & Somaliland National Youth Organisation (SONYO)
Research Consultant, October – November 2014
SONYO’s ‘Somaliland Youth Violence Baseline Survey’ aimed to baseline a variety of perception indicators to better understanding the causes, drivers and impacts of youth violence.

Data-Pop Alliance
Research Affiliate, November 2014 – present
Data-Pop Alliance is a global coalition on Big Data and development created by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, MIT Media Lab, and Overseas Development Institute.

Research interests

The role of new ICTs in fragile, conflict contexts; trust and distrust in divided societies; trust-building in divided societies.

PhD research: ‘Peacetech practices and their potentials for participation, empowerment and peace’, supervised by Professor Susan Halford (sociology), Dr Mark Weal (Computer Science) and Professor Gerry Stoker (PAIR)

Research project: TrustGov

Research group

International Relations

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Guest lecturer on Web Science BSc and MSc modules at Southampton.

Dr Jennifer Gaskell
Politics & International Relations, Social Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ, United Kingdom

Room Number : 58/3127

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