Dr Scott Wright

Scott Wright joined Media and Communication from the University of Leicester, where he was a Senior Lecturer. He previously worked at the University of East Anglia (UEA) where he was Lecturer in Media and Society. Prior to this he held a five-year Research Council's UK (RCUK) Research Fellowship; was an Economic and Social Research Council-funded PhD student and Postdoctoral Fellow; and was a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Communications Studies at the University of Leeds.

Scott’s research and teaching interests focus on the interplay between new technologies, society and politics. He has particular expertise in: the policy and practice of e-democracy; e-participation; transnational communicative spaces; “Third Spaces”; political blogging and web 2.0; e-petitions; deliberative democracy; the public sphere; the relationship between website design and the structure of online discussion; censorship and online discussion; and methods of analysing online discussion. Scott's research is comparatively grounded, and is quantitative and qualitative - using content analysis, statistics, interviews and discourse analysis.

Scott has advised a range of bodies on e-democracy initiatives from local councils to the US State Department. His research has had a broad impact, influencing the development and use of online consultations, discussion fora and political blogs by groups such as the Hansard Society; the International Centre of Excellence in Local E-democracy; Public Works and Government Services Canada, and the German Bundestag. He was Convener of the Political Studies Association Urban Politics specialist group and a member of the NSF-funded International Working Group on Online Consultation and Public Policy Making.

Qualifications

  • Higher Education Practice (University of East Anglia, 2007)
  • A Comparative Analysis of Government-run Online Discussion Forums (University of East Anglia, 2005)
  • European Union (University of East Anglia, 2001)
  • History and Politics (Keele University, 2000)

2016

Journal Articles

2015

Book Chapters
Journal Articles
Journal Articles Refereed
Journal Articles Unrefereed
Major Reference works
  • Scott Wright 2015, 'E-petitions', in COLEMAN S, FREELON D ed(s), Handbook of Digital Politics, , ed 1.

2014

Research Book Chapters
Book Chapters Other

2013

Journal Articles Refereed

2012

Research Book Chapters
Journal Articles Refereed

2010

Conference Proceedings
  • Scott Wright 2010, 'Political as Usual?', in DE CINDIO F, MACINTOSH A, PERABONI C ed(s), From e-Participation to Online Deliberation,Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Online Deliberation, .

2009

Research Book Chapters
Journal Articles Refereed

2008

Research Book Chapters
Journal Articles
Journal Articles Refereed
Major Reference works

2007

Research Book Chapters
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2006

Journal Articles Refereed

2005

Research Book Chapters

2002

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Contract information

2011

 

Grant information

Other

Additional grant information

Mid-Career Fellow of the British Academy (2012) "Blogging the Political". (Ref: MC110323) Value: £113,000.

EU Interreg Grant "Sea Media" (Ref: 07-004-EN-SeaMedia) Value: 3,300,000 euros (around 500,000 held by UEA)

International working group on online consultation and public policy making” (2006-2009) Working Group Member. The working group was supported by a $280,000 grant (part of a larger $1,000,000 to the Center for Technology in Government at the State University of New York at Albany) from the US Government-backed National Science Foundation Digital Research Program (PI, Sharon Dawes, SUNY-Albany; IWG Chair, Peter Shane, Ohio State University).

Organised Virtual Collective Action” (2008) British Academy Small Grant (CI with Stephen Coleman).

RCUK Research Fellow (£125,000)

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow (£21,000)

ESRC PhD Studentship (c£20,000)

Supervision

Available for supervision.

Supervision Statement

I am interested in supervising research students in the broad area of new media and political communication. I would be particularly keen to supervise work that focuses on: e-petitions, online consultations, everyday political talk, online moderation, online deliberation and online journalism.