Bharath is a researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute working on the Data Science in Local Government and VOX-Pol projects. His current research explores the spread and impact of data science techniques in local governments across Europe, right-wing and counter-jihad extremism in Europe and the United States, and uses big data to study new media audiences and networks. He is developing new projects to study hate speech and extremism online and regulatory responses to this problem. Broadly, Bharath’s research focuses on the relation between technology, media, and society.

Bharath holds a PhD in Geography from University College London (2017). His doctoral research used ethnographic methods to study ethics, politics, and multiculturalism in American hip-hop. His research was funded by the Bonnart Trust to study methods to combat racial, religious, and cultural intolerance (

During his PhD, Bharath was also a Senior Researcher at Tell MAMA, a national project dedicated to mapping and monitoring anti-Muslim hate in the United Kingdom. He has given evidence in the Houses of Parliament on governance, extremism, gender, and hate crime and authored a number of reports in this area. He has been a guest on BBC News, Radio 4, and other national media outlets.

Research Interests:

Media, big data, data science, extremism, hate, social media, communication, security, race and ethnicity.

Positions held at the OII:

Researcher, March 2017 –




Current projects

  • Social media narratives of sustainable food consumption

    Participants: Dr Taha Yasseri, Dr Bharath Ganesh

    This project uses computational social science to understand the dissemination and reception of narratives of sustainable food consumption on Social Media.

  • VOX-Pol Network of Excellence

    Participants: Dr Jonathan Bright, Dr Bharath Ganesh

    The VOX-Pol research project is designed to comprehensively research, analyse, debate, and critique issues surrounding violent online political extremism (VOPE).

Past projects

  • Data Science in Local Government

    Participants: Dr Jonathan Bright, Dr Bharath Ganesh

    Data science in local government uses novel techniques to make government more efficient in targeting resources. This project aims to explain the spread of data science methods in the local government context and to understand their impact.

  • Urban Data 2 Decide

    Participants: Dr Stefano De Sabbata, Dr Jonathan Bright, Dr Bharath Ganesh

    Urban decision makers are nowadays faced with both unprecedented challenges as well as new opportunities as the environment around them grows ever more complex.


Journal articles