Bertie Vidgen

Bertram Vidgen

Social Science of the Internet (2015 cohort)

I am a DPhil student at the Oxford Internet Institute researching far-right political extremism in online contexts. I am interested in how the beliefs and ideologies of extremist groups are related to how they act, both online and offline, and whether surges in support for the far-right can be accurately predicted using multiple datasets.

Situated in the computational social sciences, my main research project will use large quantities of unstructured textual data, collected from online platforms such as Twitter, to map contemporary extremist ideologies. Network science methods will also be used to understand the structure and behaviour of extremist groups, and capture how extremist messages diffuse across online spaces.

Prior to studying at Oxford, I completed a BA in History and Politics at the University of Warwick (2013) and an MA in Ideology and Discourse Analysis at the University of Essex (2014).