Bertram Vidgen

Bertram Vidgen is an OII DPhil student. His research focuses on far-right extremism in online contexts.

Email: bertie.vidgen@oii.ox.ac.uk

Before joining the OII, Bertie completed a BA in History and Politics at the University of Warwick (2013) and an MA in Ideology and Discourse Analysis at the University of Essex (2014). His research focuses on far-right extremism in online contexts. Specifically, he is interested in how large quantities of unstructured textual data, collected from online platforms such as Twitter, can be used to map extremist groups and understand their goals and ideology. He is supervised by Dr Taha Yasseri.

Research interests

online spaces and identity formation, social media, far-right extremism, 21st century social movements, textual data analysis

Positions held at the OII

  • DPhil student, October 2015 –

Supervisors at the OII


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  • A New Approach To Defining Extremism

    Recorded: 31 March 2016

    Duration: 00:16:46

    Bertie Vidgen argues that current definitions of extremism are severely limited. They are posed as certainties rather than probabilities, and this makes them incapable of capturing the complexity of social reality.