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Web Science Institute

Our Students

Our students come from a wide range of backgrounds and are carrying out research in a wide range of fields related to Web Science. These include: archiving, geospatial data, hypertext, health technologies, information dissemination, legislation, MOOCs, scholarly communication, semantic web and social media.

Many of our students have graduated, find out more about what they are doing now on our Alumni page.

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NameThesis Title/Research TopicGraduated
Chris AdetunjiThesis: Enterprise Mobility and Social Media Analytics as Leverage for Corporate Knowledge Management2018
Fatmah AkeelThesis: Secure Data Integration Systems2017
Nada Al BunniThesis: Investigating the Online Public Sphere for the Arabic World2020
Reham Al TamineThesis: Behind the Wikipedia Medical Knowledge Factory: Understanding Information Dynamics2020
Craig AllisonThesis: Exploring Orientation within Geovisualisations and Virtual Nested Environments2016
Norah AlrajebahThesis: Investigating Cascades in Social Networks: Structural and Temporal Aspects2018 
Mark AndersonThesis: Sustainable Knowledge in Hypertext2021
Stephen AnningSocial Science for Natural Language Processing: A Hostile Narrative Analysis Prototype 
Jacqueline AylingThesis: Putting AI ethics to work: Are the tools fit for purpose for SME’spending
Norhidayah AzmanDark retweets: an investigation of non-conventional retweeting patterns2014
James BakerThesis: Designing Immersive Serious Games2017
Gareth BeestonThesis: A Case Study Analysis of the Success Factors in Web-based and Offline Social Innovation Competitions2018
Nick BennettThesis: Data Mining Locative Thematic Narratives: Analysing Twitter and POI Data to Extract Precise Spatial Themes2020
Reuben BinnsThesis: Openness for Privacy: Applying Open Approaches to Personal Data Challenges2016
Robert BlairThesis: Exploring Barriers To Use Of Social Media In Support Of Non-Formal Learning By Pupils Attending Secondary Education In The UK: A Mixed Method Approach2018
Tom BlountThesis: Modelling Eristic and Rhetorical Argumentation on the Social Web2018
Paul BoothThesis: Analytical Behaviour: A Study of Decision-Making Facilitated by Visual Analytics2019
Clarissa BroughListening to Gender: The Role of Online Music Networks in the Construction, Performance and Management of Gender Identity 
Ian BrownThesis: The DNA of Web Observatories2017
Gunawan BudiprasetyoThesis: Optimisation Classification on the Web of Data Using Linked Data. A Study Case: Movie Popularity Classification 2019
Emily BurdenHow has the evolving digital landscape reconfigured how the British public imagine the threat of terrorism and thus experience (in)security? 
Maire Byrne-EvansThesis: A Framework for Analysis of Web-Mediated Policy-Making in the areas of Crime, Cybercrime and Cybersecurity2021



NameThesis Title/Research TopicGraduated
Christopher CaveThesis: On Coarse Geometric Properties of Discrete and Locally Compact Groups2015
Sebastien CombretThe challenges and affordances of web-based video co-design for health intervention development 
Ian CoombsThesis: The conceptualisation of social media by young novice users: implications for the early secondary school
Elizabeth CoskunThesis: Emerging a Web Science Lexicon2018
Emma CradockThesis: A New Approach to Categorising Personal Data to Increase Transparency Under the Obligation to Inform2022
Huw DaviesThesis: Challenging Orthodoxies in Digital Literacy: young people's practices online2015
Michael DayThesis: Teaching the Web: Moving Towards Principles for Web Education2019
Geane de Almedia Fontinele ZadraTowards design guidelines for technology to assist young adults with visual impairment in physical activity or sport participation in the UK 
Karla De Lima GuedesA Blended Learning Design in English for Academic Purposes Teaching and Learning: A Case Study of a Pre-sessional Stakeholders’ Experiences 
Jo DixonCould speech technology help to reduce the digital social inequality of adults with basic literacy skills? 
Conrad D'SouzaThesis: Developing a HodgeRank methodology for predicting the outcome of competitive events: An illustration in the highly competitive field of horse race prediction2020
Jean-Remy DubocThesis: Dynamic Feedback Generation in Virtual Patients using Semantic Web Technologies2013
Roushdat ElabeebocusThesis: On the inclusion of social media features in digital behaviour change interventions2018



NameThesis Title/Research TopicGraduated
Nicholas FairThesis: In what ways does "digital learning" affect the short term development of specific language items for masters level English for Academic Purposes (EAP) students attending Pre-Sessional language course at a UK university? 
Gemma FitzsimmonsThesis: The influence of hyperlinks on reading on the web: an empirical approach 2016
Huw FryerThesis: The Public Health Analogy in Web Security2016
Will FysonThesis: A Multi-Stakeholder Investigation into the Effect of the Web on Scholarly Communication in Chemistry2017
Gulcan GaripThesis: Modifying and evaluating the feasibility of a web-based weight loss intervention for Royal Navy personnel 2013
Paul GaskellThesis: Forecasting Financial Markets with Online information2016
Jennifer GaskellThesis: Peacetech practices and their potentials for empowerment, participation and peace2019
Laura GermanThesis: Moving towards a Web of Data: Establishing principles of Governance for Open Data on the Web2015
Edward GillbardFinding Hay in a Haystack: Analysing Automated Content Extraction in the Manifestos of Far Right Lone Actor Violent Extremistspending
Ben GiordanoTechnologies of Cultural Memory: Online Communities of London's East End 
Richard GomerThesis: Values in Technology and Practice: Using Activity Theory to consider the role of values and technology in everyday activities2018
Briony GrayThesis: Digital Disasters: A Novel Methodological Approach to Assess Social Media as a Tool for Disaster Management2019
Lawrence GreenThesis: Employing web-based information in financial decision-making2018
Alexander GreenResearching crowdfunding for personal health and welfare 
Caroline HalcrowThesis: Spence: A mode for online / offline community2021
Faranak Hardcastle

Thesis: A sociotechnical exploration of online behavioural tracking and advertising technologies and practices

Matt HealeyThesis: An examination of the extent the Internet has empowered young people to take greater control of their information, advice and guidance needs2015
Sarah HewittThesis: Revealing the content of the edu-blogosphere: taking a seat in the virtual staffroom2020
Mary HoustonThesis: Inside government: the role of policy actors in shaping e-democracy in the UK2016
Christopher HughesThesis: The Regulatory Dilemma: An Interdisciplinary Perspective Into How Regulation Can Be Used to Impact Innovation2018



NameThesis Title/Research TopicGraduated
Ryan JavanshirThesis: Revealing Structures in Transmedia Storytelling for the Purposes of Analysis and Classification2022
Simon JonssonThe effect of immediate feedback and difficulty level on learning and engagement in the context of a Spanish learning mobile application 
Sami KanzaThesis: What Influence would a Cloud Based Semantic Laboratory Notebook have on the Digitisation and Management of Scientific Research?2018
Sarosh KhanThesis: An Analysis of the potential vicarious liability on employers for defamatory remarks posted online as a result of their employees usage of social media during the course of employment2016
Ashton KingdonThe World White Web: A Socio-Technical Analysis of Online Far-Right Radicalisation 
Sofia KitromiliThesis: Authoring Digital Interactive Narratives2022
Alison KnightThesis: Uk Legal Issues Related to the Admissibility and Due Process Surrounding digital Identification2019
Juljan KrauseShaping the Quantum Internet 
Christos KoumenidesThesis: A Bayesian Inference Network Model for Entity-Oriented Semantic Web Search2014
William LawrenceThesis: Individual Differences in Decision Making Biases: The Effects of Experience and Innovativeness on Trader Behaviour2018
Manuel Leon-UrrutiaThesis: MOOCs and Competencies for Higher Education Transformation: An Activity Theory Analysis2019
Justyna Lisinska (nee Jonak)Thesis: How do populist supporters engage online2021
Ching Man (Lo)The role of friendship group & Social Communication in online Collaborative learning within the context of mathematics education 


NameThesis Title/Research TopicGraduated
Neil MacEwanThesis: Responsibilisation, Rules and Rule-following concerning Cyber Security: Findings from Small Business Case Studies in the UK2017
Dola MajekodunmiThesis: Social Media Banking: A review and investigation into intentions to use2021
Vincent MarmionThesis: Exploring Identity Assurance as a Complex System2021
David MatthewsThesis: Automorphisms of random recursive trees2017
Nathaniel McInnesA Multi-Level Governance Framework for increasing awareness and reducing cyber misuse in Next Generation Cross Border Voice Communication Networks & IoT2021
Rafael Melgarejo HerediaThesis: Values, social imaginaries and the Internet control2019
Cat MorganFeminist Digital Participation, Activism, and Clicktivism on Twitterpending
Jo MunsonThesis: The Digital Transformation of the UK's Grocery Market2020
Rebecca NashThesis: Making Bodies: The Role of the Web on Women’s Engagement with Aesthetic Surgery2017
Russell NewmanThesis: Modelling economic bubbles: is Web 2.0 next2015
Allison NobleExamining the Evolving Role of Genre within Music Streaming Services. 
Terhi Nurmikko-FullerThesis: Telling Ancient Tales to Modern Machines: Ontological Representation of Sumerian Literary Narratives2015
Jessica OgdenThesis: Saving the Web: Facets of Web Archiving in Everyday Practice2020
Tim O'RiordanThesis: Evaluation and Automatic Analysis of MOOC Forum Comments2018
Alexander OwenInteraction with the internet of things 



NameThesis Title/Research TopicGraduated
Amy Page (nee Lynch)Thesis: Diabetes' patients using the Web for the self-management of their disease2019
Evangelia PapdakiThesis: What Amendments Need to Be Made to The Current EU Legal Framework to Better Address The Security Obligations of Data Controllers?2018
Brian ParkinsonThesis: Personal Data: Definition and Access2018
Oliver Parson Thesis: Unsupervised Training Methods for Non-intrusive Appliance Load Monitoring from Smart Meter Data 2014
Sophie ParsonsThesis: The Evolving Symbiotic Relationship between Social Media and Emergency Management: An Exploration into the Value of Social Media for Emergency Responders in the UK2019
Bartosz PaszczaThesis (MPhil): Measuring the completeness of scholarly communications databases2021
Martina PatoneThesis: Topics of statistical analysis with social media data2020
Jarutas PattanaphanchaiThesis: Trustworthiness of Web Information Evaluation Framework2014
Henry Pearce 2020
Javier PeredaThesis: Online Cultural Heritage: Facilitating Complex Query Making through Tangible User Interfaces2018
Christopher PhetheanThesis: Exploring The Value of Social Media Services for Charitable Organisations: A Mixed Methods Approach2015
Olivier PhillipeThesis: Digital Traces, Sociology, and Twitter. Between False Promises and Real Potential2018
Alan Ponce RodriguezThesis: The Role of Open Data in the Digital Economy: A Data Science and Economic Perspective2020
Igor PopovThesis: End-user Data-centric Interactions over Linked Data2013
Maria PriestleyThesis: Innovation Patterns in the History of Web Technology: A Patent-Based Approach2021
Travis Ralph-DonaldsonOptimising Automatic Speech Recognition with Facial Depth Data 
Neal ReevesThesis: Sociality, community and productivity in Virtual Citizen Science2019
Elzabi RimingtonThesis: The Social Function of Toxic Behaviour in an online video game2018
Kieran RonesDigital Piracy, Historical Pirates, and Pirate Ontologies2020
Bernard RoperInvestigating the Geodemographic Significance of OpenStreetMap Provenance Graph Properties 
Mike SakerThesis: Smartphones and Pervasive Play: An Examination of the Effect Foursquare has on Physical, Spatial and Social Practices2015
Mike SanterThesis: A model to describe the adoption of mobile internet in sub-saharan africa2013
Fernando Santos-SanchezThesis: The role of emotion in clinical text 
Farhana SarkerThesis: Linked data technologies to support higher education challenges: student retention, progression and completion2015
Anna Selway (nee Kent-Muller)Thesis: A Formula for Music Similarity: Utilising music-theoretical approaches in audible perceptions of harmonic similarity2021
Nina SchullerThe Web as a Memory Illusion: An Extending Case Study of Wikipedian Representations of Memory 
Jonathan ScottThesis: The challenges of credibility in open news systems2017
Rana ShahiniInvestigating Transculturality in Multicultural MOOCs: A Pedagogical Perspective. 
Nichole Smith (previously Beale)

Thesis: Local Archaeology Archives as Participatory Heritage: Investigating the Potential of Social Media to Improve Access to Archaeological Archives in Local Government Affiliated Museums

Jonathan StaniforthAn Investigation into the Problem of Demand on Shared Mobility Services Submitters 
Peter SturgessAn investigation into the role of the Web in reducing the frequency and lethality of violent extremism 
Lisa SugiuraThesis: Respectable Deviance? Negotiating the opportunities and risks in online medicine purchasing2016



NameThesis Title/Research TopicGraduated
Keisha TaylorThesis: Digital Platforms and Entrepreneurship in Trinidad and Tobago: An Examination of their Relationships Using Technology Affordances and Constraints 2020
Rachel (Taylor) HamiltonThe role of the web in adolescent online health information searching about vaccines 
Andy ThompsonThesis: The prevalence of civic talk and best practice within the online spaces of UK democratic intermediaries2016
Robert ThorburnThesis: Systems Modelling for Auditable Compliance and Privacy by Design in Smart Consumer Electronics 
Gefion ThuermerThesis: Differences in decision-making between web-native and non-web native political parties2019
Ramine TinatiThesis: Towards an Understanding of Web Growth: An Empirical Study of Socio-Technical Web Activity of Open Government Data2014
Alexandra TkaczUnderstanding paratext: A study of NaNoGenMo computer generated novel projects and potential readerspending
Chira TochiaHow the Digital Workforce Has Re-Defined Boundary Management and Perceptions of Technological Tools on Maintaining Work-Life Balance2021
John (Jack) TownsendThesis: Digital systems for sustainability: a classification of ICT4S and smart green startups distinguishing automation, social computing and cleantech push2018
Niko TsakalakisThesis: Analysing the impact of the GDPR on eIDAS: Supporting effective Data Protection by Design for cross-border electronic identification through unlinkability measures2020
Gert Jan Van HardeveldThesis: Deviating from the cybercriminal script: Exploring the contextual factors and cognitive biases involved in carding2018
Johanna WalkerThesis: Reconfiguring Open Data for Open Innovation2021
Eamonn WallsThesis: The Perceived Relation between ICTs and Social Good2017
Clare WalshThesis: Scoring games fairly: Biases and interference in Games Based Assessment2020
Jack WebsterThesis: Taste in the digital age: Music streaming services and the performance of class distinction2019
Peter WestThesis: The Quantified Patient in the Doctor's Office: Understanding Clinical Workflows for Using Patient Self-Tracked Data2020
Anna WestonThesis: The DisENGAGE Framework: Exploring disengagement from health-based Digital Behaviour Change Interventions2019
Steve WhiteThesis: Learning designers and educators in the ‘third space’: the socio-technical construction of MOOCs in UK higher education2019
Yang YangThesis: Link Services for Linked Data2015
Jiadi YaoThesis: Understanding institutional collaboration networks: effects of collaboration on research impact and productivity2015
Michael Yip

Thesis: Target Hardening the World Wide Web

Michele ZadraOnline Political Participation Among EU migrants: A Comparative Analysis of Four English Cities 
Aristea-Maria ZafeiropoulouThesis: A paradox of privacy: unravelling the reasoning behind online location sharing2015


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