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.

email: gillian.bolsover@oii.ox.ac.uk

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 –
  • Teaching Assistant, Digital Social Research Methods, October – December 2015
  • Teaching Assistant, Information Visualisation, January – March 2015
  • Teaching Assistant, Digital Social Research Methods, October – December 2014
  • Teaching Assistant, Social Research Methods and the Internet, January – March 2014
  • Research Assistant, Global Centre for Cyber Security Capacity-Building, August 2013 – March 2014
  • Research Assistant, Global Internet Values Project, October 2012 – November 2013

Supervisors at the OII


Latest blog posts

Current projects

  • Global Centre for Cyber Security Capacity-Building

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Professor Ian Brown, Gillian Bolsover

    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

Chapters

  • Bolsover, G., Dutton, W., Law, G. and Dutta, G. (2014) "China and the US in the New Internet World: A Comparative Perspective" In: Society and the Internet How Networks of Information and Communication are Changing Our Lives. Oxford University Press, USA.

Conference papers

  • Bolsover, G., Blank, G. and Dubois, E. (2014) A New Privacy Paradox: Young People and Privacy on Social Network Sites.

Journal articles