Dr Sofya Glazunova

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Digital Media Research Centre

Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology)

Sofya Glazunova is a postdoctoral research fellow at the DMRC, working under the Digital Publics program. She holds her PhD in Digital Media from QUT (2020), and two degrees in Political Science, both from the Higher School of Economics, Russia. Sofya specialises in political communication, digital resistance, Russian media, disinformation, fake news, and digital propaganda. She has professional experience in the political communication area, working previously as a political expert, a TV journalist and a public relations specialist in Russia. Sofya’s postdoctoral research looks at how Russian pro-government media adapt to a new digital environment and utilise affordances of social media to fulfil the needs of audiences seeking truthful information, the government disseminating strategic narratives, and a new media industry more broadly. She uses a mixed-method approach to unveil digital propaganda strategies, to assess their implications for digital publics and to elaborate a series of recommendations to combat disinformation in the Russian, Australian, and a global context. In 2021, Sofya authored the report "Disinformation risk assessment: the online news market in Australia" in collaboration with the DMRC researchers and co-sponsored by the British NGO Global Disinformation Index. In 2022, her book "Digital Activism in Russia. Communication tactics of political outsiders" is going to be published by Palgrave Macmillan.