My name is Tristan Hotham, I am a researcher, consultant and PhD candidate at the University of Bath.
I am an expert on Facebook, social media, elections, engagement, content, party politics and campaigning. My specialisms are UK political parties and the use of Facebook. I utilise a combination of quantitative and qualitative methodologies to examine the black box of social media campaigning.
I hold two Master’s degrees from the Universities of Bath and Durham, alongside a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Exeter. I currently work on a ESRC funded PhD at the University of Bath – my thesis is titled; “Examining the impact and effectiveness of Facebook on party campaigns”. As well as this I have worked as a research consultant for Whotargets.me.
My work examines the Facebook phenomenon and its role as a campaign tool. I question the impact Facebook is having as a campaign tool online, alongside its wider offline implications for parties campaigning in an era of party change.
I or my work has been featured in media such as the BBC, New York Times, Reuters, Guardian, Evening Standard and The Economist:
My latest podcast appearance, on the Social Minds Podcast, is linked below.
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