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.
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 -
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.
July 2010 - August 2014
This research aims to identify patterns and trends in individual attitudes and behaviours related to online trust, privacy, security and freedom.
- 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.
- Blank, G., Bolsover, G., and Dubois, E. (2014). A New Privacy Paradox: Young people and privacy on social network sites. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, 16 - 19 August 2014, San Francisco, California.
- Bolsover, G. (2013) News in China's New Information Environment: Dissemination Patterns, Opinion Leaders and News Commentary on Weibo. Paper presented at the Chinese Internet Research Conference, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, 15 June 2013.
- Bolsover, G., Dutton, W.H., Law, G., and Dutta, S. (2013) Social Foundations of the Internet in China and the New Internet World: A Cross-National Comparative Perspective. Paper presented at China and the New Internet World, an International Communication Association (ICA) Preconference, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, 14 June 2013.
- Dutton, W., Law, G., Bolsover, G., and Dutta, S. (2014) The Internet Trust Bubble: Global Values, Beliefs and Practices Underpinning the Future of Free Expression, Privacy and Security Online.
- Bolsover, G. (2010) Constructing the virtual body: Self-representation, self-modification and self-perfection in pro-eating disorder websites. MSc Dissertation. London: The London School of Economics and Political Science.
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.
Deputy Director and Policy and Research Fellow
Recorded: 28 January 2014 Duration: 00:14:27
From the Citizen Media in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, China and East Asia, and the Arab World workshop.
Recorded: 14 June 2013 Duration: 01:26:21
From the China and the New Internet World ICA Preconference.
Policy and Internet Blog on 17 Jul 2013 13:34PM
The OII's Gillian Bolsover discusses the results of a survey of Internet users in more than 60 countries reported in a paper Social Foundations of the Internet in China and the New Internet World: A Cross-National Comparative Perspective co-written with [...]
Gillian Bolsover on 7 Jun 2013 15:11PM
In this video [click on full post], a young woman sits on the floor tearfully telling her story: Yue Dan was on holiday in the southern city of Sanya with her husband. Returning to their car, the couple got into a dispute with a parking attendant. [...]