Personal profile

Personal profile

Fourth and final year Politics PhD with the New Political Communication Unit. Twitter: @Scott__Downham

Research interests

Political communication and journalism: digital and social media use, media representation, the media system, hate speech and misinformation, political engagement.

Young people and political socialisation.

Public policy and public opinion: tech governance, public sector data use and attitudes towards it.

Gaming: games journalism, gamer identity and their media representation.

Educational background

Royal Holloway, University of London

PhD Politics

inSTIL Teacher Training


University of Portsmouth

MRes Sociology

BA Journalism with English Language

NCTJ Reporting, Court Reporting, General Media Law & Regulation, Portfolio, Shorthand

Other work

Scott teaches PR1400 Introduction to Politics and Government. He has worked at The Alan Turing Instititute, the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence (AI), training AI to detect online hate speech and misinformation. Scott also has two years’ experience in industry as a journalist covering the Halo franchise.


Up to date for the 2022/2023 academic year.