School of Social and Political Science

Aybuke Atalay

Job Title

PhD student

Photo
Aybuke Atalay's photo

Room number

1.08

Building (Address)

27/28 George Square

City (Address)

Edinburgh

Country (Address)

UK

Research interests

Research interests

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

Background

 

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

 

Qualifications

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