School of Social and Political Science

Aybuke Atalay

Job Title

PhD student

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27/28 George Square

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Research interests

Research interests

Computational Propaganda, Hybrid regimes, Disinformation, Social media and politics, Twitter, Computational Social Science, Social network analysis



I am a PhD student based in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh. I am particularly interested in the role of automated accounts (i.e. bots) in social media manipulation and online disinformation in hybrid regimes. I am currently investigating bots and bot-like behaviour in the Turkish Twittersphere.


PhD Project

Principal supervisor: Dr Kate Wright

Co-supervisors: Dr Ugur Ozdemir and Dr Jean-Francois Daoust



MSc in International Relations
University of Edinburgh, UK (2018-2019)

BA in Political Science and International Relations
Bogazici University, Turkey (2013-2018)


Talks/ Guest Lecturing/ Presentations

  • Presentation: Political Actors, Audiences and Mechanisms Driving Disinformation in Turkey: Evidence from the Covid-19 Anti-Vaccine Propaganda on Twitter (Internet and Society, University of Edinburgh, 2021)
  • Guest Lecturer: "Technologies of Liberation? Social Movements in the Era of Social Media" (Internet and Society, University of Edinburgh, 2021)
  • Guest Lecturer: "What is Computational Propaganda?" (Internet and Society, University of Edinburgh, 2020)