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PhD Candidates

   

Marion Bartl

Thesis Title:
Fair NLP: Mitigating bias and discrimination in datasets and machine learning models for natural language processing.

Email:
marion.bartl@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor: 
(opens in a new window)Dr Susan Leavy

    Orla Cooney (she/her)

Thesis Title: Designing Speech Agents to Support Mental Health Practice.

Email: orla.cooney@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisors: (opens in a new window)Assoc Prof Benjamin Cowan, Dr. Gavin Doherty (TCD)
 
   

Faye Carrie (they/them)

Thesis Title: An Examination of how the Information Behaviour of Non-Binary and Genderqueer People shapes their Lived Experience.

Email: faye.carrie@ucdconnect.ie 
Supervisor(s): (opens in a new window)Assoc Prof Crystal Fulton and (opens in a new window)Dr. Claire McGuinness

   

Jan Elfes

Thesis Title:  Linking the spread of online propaganda to the offline world 

Email:
jan.elfes@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor: (opens in a new window)Dr. Marco Bastos 

   

Megan Fahy
 
Thesis Title:
Fostering Digital Social Capital through Design for Wellbeing.

Email:
megan.fahy@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor: 
(opens in a new window)Dr Marguerite Barry

   

Romeo Fraccari (he/him)

Thesis Title: Streaming and Producing Trans Lives: Modalities of Trans Representation Across Streaming Platforms (2014–2024).

Email: romeo.fraccari@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor: (opens in a new window)Dr Páraic Kerrigan

   

Sebastião Freire

Thesis Title: The role the production of subjectivities plays in the political economy of digital media

Email:
sebastiao.freire@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor:
(opens in a new window)P(opens in a new window)rofessor Eugenia(opens in a new window) Siapera and (opens in a new window)Dr James Steinhoff

   

Zaur Gouliev

Thesis Title:
Disinformation linked to Foreign Information Manipulation and Interferance (FIMI)

Email:
zaur.gouliev@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor:
(opens in a new window)P(opens in a new window)rofessor Eugenia(opens in a new window) Siapera and (opens in a new window)Dr Brendan Spillane

   

Jean Itangayenda

Thesis Title: Peer-to-peer financial transactions in Rwanda.

Email: jean.itangayenda@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor: (opens in a new window)Professor Kalpana Shankar

    Christo Jacob

Thesis Title: Exploring Digital Colonialism and the Crisis of LGBTQ Political Representation in South India.

Email: christo.jacob@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor(opens in a new window)Dr Páraic Kerrigan
    Jason Kalathas

Thesis Title: How Emerging Technologies Are Conceived and Understood Across Society.

Email: Jason.kalathas@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor(opens in a new window)Professor Eugenia Siapera
   

Jet Klokgieters

Thesis Title: Theorising digital poverty interventions: Policy responses to exclusions from the digital transformation

Email:
jet.klokgieters@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor: (opens in a new window)Dr Elizabeth Farries

   

Xinna Li (She/her)

Thesis Title: Social Media, Information Types and Sources, and the Public Perception and Response to COVID-19 in China.
 
Email: xinna.li@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor: (opens in a new window)Professor Eugenia Siapera
 
    Xiaoyi Liu

Thesis Title:
Formulate Research Topic: Social Media and Misogyny: Online Hate Discourse Against Women in China.

Email:
xiaoyi.liu1@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor: 
(opens in a new window)Professor Eugenia Siapera
 
 

Kayley Moylan

Thesis Title: Digital Technology Design for Creative Emotional Expression at the Intersection of HCI and Art Therapy

Email:
kayley.moylan@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor:
(opens in a new window)Assoc Prof Marguerite Barry and (opens in a new window)Dr Kevin Doherty

    Naoise McNally

Thesis Title: Auditing Facebook Algorithms: A Longitudinal Study of the Algorithmic Rating of News.

Email: naoise.mcnally@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor(opens in a new window)Dr Susan Leavy and (opens in a new window)Dr Marco Bastos
    Ana Moritz

Thesis Title: Repertoires of Resistance against Big Tech in Brazil.

Email: ana.moritz@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor: (opens in a new window)Professor Kalpana Shankar
   

Dylan Murphy

Thesis Title:
Data Landfills

Email:
dylan.murphy2@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor:
(opens in a new window)Prof(opens in a new window)essor Kalpana Shankar and (opens in a new window)Dr Patrick Brodie

   

Megan Nyhan

Thesis Title: Ethical Recommendation Algorithms: Developing an ethical framework and design principles for trustworthy AI recommender systems

Email:
megan.nyhan@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor: 
(opens in a new window)D(opens in a new window)r Susan Leavy 

   

Marie O’Neill

Thesis Title:
The Visible Library Publisher: The Strategic Positioning of Academic Library Publishing in the Irish Scholarly Communications Landscape.

Email:
marie.oneill@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor: 
(opens in a new window)Dr Lai Ma

   

Giulia Osti (she/her)
 


Thesis Title: Customising AI for Digital Curation Work that Utilises Controlled Vocabularies
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Email: giulia.osti@ucdconnect.ie

Supervisors:(opens in a new window) Dr Amber Cushing, UCD and Assoc Prof Suzanne Little (DCU) 

   

Paola Peña (Peña) (she/her)

Thesis title: The division of labour in human-machine communication: Exploring the allocation of perspective-taking resources.



Email: paola.pena@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisors(opens in a new window)Assoc Prof Benjamin Cowan and Dr. Rachel McDonnell 

    Aoife Quinn Hegarty

Thesis Title: Modalities of Representation of Irish Feminist Movements in Irish Media 1960 – 2019: Media Activism, Production Culture and Feminist Organising.

Email: aoife.quinnhegarty@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor(opens in a new window)Professor Eugenia Siapera and (opens in a new window)Dr Páraic Kerrigan
    Jacka Rhys

Thesis Title: Perspective Taking in Multiparty Human-Machine Dialogue.

Email: jacka.rhys@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor: (opens in a new window)Assoc Prof Benjamin Cowan
    Marin Schmalzried

Thesis Title: Imagining and Designing the Metaverse.

Email: marin.schmalzried@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor: (opens in a new window)Professor Eugenia Siapera
    Daniel Snow

Thesis Title:
Data Aware Design: A framework for understanding human-data interaction in HCI and AI.

Email:
daniel.snow@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor: 
(opens in a new window)Dr Marguerite Barry
    Otavio Vinhas (he/him; they/them)

Thesis Title: When fact-checking is not WEIRD: Social platforms and the governance of fact-checking beyond the West.

Email: otavio.vinhas@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor: (opens in a new window)Dr. Marco Bastos 
   

Yunhan Wu

Thesis Title: Second language speakers’ interactions with speech interfaces.

Email: Yunhan.wu@ucdconnect.ie

Supervisor(s)(opens in a new window)Assoc Prof Benjamin Cowan

   

Jennifer Waters

Thesis Title: Legal Analytics

Email: jennifer.waters@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor:
(opens in a new window)Dr Elizabeth Farries

   

Kate Walsh

Thesis Title:
Disinformation / Deepfakes / Election interference

Email:
kate.walsh@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor:
(opens in a new window)Assoc Prof Benjamin Cowan and (opens in a new window)Dr Brendan Spillane

   

Yifei Yang 

Thesis Title: The Nisu Fandom's Feminist Ethnography of Contemporary China: Gaze, Agency and Cultural Participation

Email: yifei.yang@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor(opens in a new window)Professor Eugenia Siapera and (opens in a new window)Dr Páraic Kerrigan

   

Hanxiao Zhang

Thesis Title: Social Media Influencing and Creative Labour in Rural China: A Study of Contemporary Micro celebrity on Chinese Social Media 

Email:
hanxiao.zhang@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor: (opens in a new window)Dr Páraic Kerrigan

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