Dr Sofya Glazunova

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Digital Media Research Centre

    Sofya Glazunova is currently completing her PhD in the DMRC. She holds a Master’s degree in “Politics and Governance” and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, both from the Higher School of Economics, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

    Sofya has also professional experience in different areas of political communication, working previously as a political expert (Centre for Strategic Research, Moscow, Russia), a journalist, and a public relations specialist. She specialises in political communication, Russian politics, populist communication, digital media, and information warfare, as well as alternative and investigative journalism.

    Within the Digital Publics Program at the DMRC, Sofya’s postdoctoral research will look at how Russian pro-government TV channels adapt to a new digital environment and utilise affordances of YouTube to fulfil the needs of audiences seeking truthful and trustworthy information, the government disseminating official propaganda, and a new media industry more broadly. She uses mixed-methods approaches to unveil digital propaganda strategies, assess their implications for broader digital publics, and elaborate a series of recommendations of combatting misinformation, in the Russian and  global contex

    Thesis title: Contemporary Russian political news on the Internet in Russian (2018) and American (2016) Presidential elections

    • Principal supervisor: Prof. Clive Bean
    • Associate supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Angela Romano