Gillian Bolsover

 Gillian Bolsover

Gillian Bolsover is an OII DPhil student. Her thesis will examine the potential of the Internet to change the balance of political power between established power holders and networked individuals in both the US and China.

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Gillian Bolsover is an OII DPhil student. Her thesis will examine the potential of the Internet to change the balance of political power between established power holders and networked individuals in both the US and China.

Gillian graduated in 2011 from the LSE-Fudan Global Media and Communications double masters program. At LSE, her master’s thesis focused on self-representation and online embodiment in thinspiration social networking websites and at Fudan she investigated how the city of Shanghai and its people were constructed as part of the 2010 World Expo billboard advertising campaign.

Having worked extensively in the media industry, Gillian has first hand and practical knowledge of both traditional and new media, having worked in the news industry as an editor, writer, photographer and multimedia producer. Most recently she acted as chief editor and production director for an international financial media company, managing two quarterly magazines, two websites, weekly newsletters, and related events and promotional activities.

In addition to her focus on communication research, Gillian is interested in a wide range of disciplines across the social sciences and humanities including (social) psychology, economics, history, anthropology, linguistics, sociology and cultural studies.

Research interests

online speech and organization; information control, accessibility and interpretation; cultural expression, identity formation and social networking; cross-national and cross-disciplinary endeavors; copyright and open access; privacy and information sharing; online identity, embodiment and human-technology interaction

Positions held at the OII

  • DPhil Student, October 2012 -

Research

Current projects

  • Global Centre for Cyber Security Capacity-Building

    April 2013 -

    This Oxford-based Centre aims become a leading global resource for understanding how to deliver effective cyber security; OII Fellows Bill Dutton and Ian Brown lead its work on security cultures and regulation.

Past projects

Publications

Chapters

  • Bolsover, G., Dutton, W. H., Law, G., and Dutta, S. (2014). China and the US in the New Internet World: A Comparative Perspective. In W. H. Dutton and M. Graham (Eds), Society and the Internet: How Information and Social Networks are Changing our Lives. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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Thesis

Bolsover, G. (forthcoming) Redistributing power or reinforcing existing hierarchies: comparing the political effects of social media in the US and China. DPhil Thesis, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.

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