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New role: Big Data Ambassador for CCCU School of Psychology, Politics & Sociology

Big Data's definition illustrated with texts (c) Camelia Boban via wikimedia commonsStarting this January, I will serve as ‘Big Data Ambassador’ for the School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology at Canterbury Christ Church University. In my role, I will help to identify existing data sets and new Big Data sources for use in teaching and research across the faculty. I will also raise awareness among staff of such possibilities and provide guidance on its use, analysis, and questions relating to ethics, data protection and storage.

Big Data is holds enormous opportunities for research and innovation in the social sciences. In my own research, together with Allan Sikk (UCL), I am for instance using data on parliamentary candidates as a new and innovative form of political data in order to better understand political and party system change.


Political Methodology Specialist Group Conference, 27 June 2016, London

Today Allan Sikk and I are presenting at the first annual conference of the Political Methodology Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association at University College London. In our presentation, we discuss the challenges of using candidate lists and candidate registers for parliamentary elections as (difficult) big political data (abstract here). You can read more about our research at electoralcandidates.org.