School of Social and Political Science

Aybuke Atalay

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PhD student

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27/28 George Square

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Research interests

Research interests

Computational Propaganda, social bots, 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 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. I am the co-organiser of the Summer Institute in Computational Social Science (SICSS-Edinburgh 2023) and the Research Coordinator of the Social Data Science Hub.


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

  • Guest Lecturer: Tracking Computational Propaganda on Twitter Course: Research Skills in the Social Sciences:Data Collection, University of Edinburgh, 2022)
  • Guest Lecturer: Political Actors, Audiences and Mechanisms Driving Disinformation in Turkey: Evidence from the Covid-19 Anti-Vaccine Propaganda on Twitter (Course: Controversies in the Data Society, University of Edinburgh, 2022)
  • Guest Lecturer: "Technologies of Liberation? Social Movements in the Era of Social Media" (Course: Internet and Society, University of Edinburgh, 2021)
  • Talk: "What is Computational Propaganda?" (Course: Internet and Society, University of Edinburgh, 2020)


Research Assistantships

Researcher in the Social Media Clone project funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust (Supervised by Christopher Barrie , ongoing)

Researcher in the Project: Analysis of the Minutes of UK Science Advisory Committees During the COVID-19 Pandemic using Topic Modelling  (Principle Investigator: Nathan Coombs, 2023)

Researcher in the Project: Music Streaming as Global Cultural Diffusion (Principle Investigator: Tod Van Gunten, 2022)

Teaching Assistantships