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Dr Billur Ozgul
Senior Lecturer in Political Communications

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I joined the School of Social and Political Sciences as a Lecturer in Political Communications in August 2019. Prior to that, I was a Lecturer in Politics in the Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University. My research interests lie in the fields of media and politics with a particular focus on digital media, political participation and the Middle East. Having completed my PhD in Politics at Royal Holloway, University of London, I undertook research in a broad range of fields, such as the role of information communication technologies (ICTs) in periods of protest, comparative political analysis of digitally mediated movements, and social, political and cultural impact of ICTs. My first monograph, Leading protests in the digital age: Youth activism in Egypt and Syria, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2019.

Since 2012, I have had an established record of working as a researcher on multi-disciplinary research projects with Royal Holloway, Open University and Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University. I have also experience working with industry, carried out social media research with the BBC World Service and British Council exploring how social media users around the world responded to their programmes (For further information please see: Presently, I work on the British Academy project on vaccine-hesitant minority communities and investigate social, cultural, and political factors underlying vaccine hesitant beliefs and ideas amongst minoritised communities in the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (US). For further information please see:


PhD in Political Communications (Royal Holloway, University of London)


Convenor of the MSc in Political Communication

Dissertation Co-ordinator for Journalism

Newest selected publications

Ozduzen, O., Aslan Ozgul, B. and Ianosev, B. (2023) '‘Institutions of governance are all corrupted’: anti-political collective identity of anti-lockdown protesters in digital and physical spaces'. Social Movement Studies, 0 (ahead-of-print). pp. 1 - 19. ISSN: 1474-2837 Open Access Link

Journal article

Lilleker, DG. and Aslan Ozgul, B. (2021) 'The Psychology of Democracy'. London: Routledge. ISSN 10: 1-003-02129-8 ISSN 13: 978-0-367-89816-8


Ozgul, BA. and Veneti, A. (2021) 'The Different Organizational Structures of Alternative Media: Through the Perspective of Alternative Media Journalists in Turkey and Greece'. Digital Journalism, 10 (8). pp. 1302 - 1321. ISSN: 2167-0811 Open Access Link

Journal article

Aslan Ozgul, B., Nieto McAvoy, E., Gillespie, M. and O’Loughlin, B. (2021) 'Shakespeare Lives on Twitter: cultural diplomacy in the digital age'. International Journal of Cultural Policy, 28 (2). pp. 204 - 220. ISSN: 1028-6632 Open Access Link

Journal article

Ozgul, BA. (2019) 'Leading Protests in the Digital Age: Youth Activism in Egypt and Syria'. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. ISSN 10: 3030254496 ISSN 13: 978-3-030-25449-0 Open Access Link

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