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Dr Aliaksandr Herasimenka

Research Associate

Dr Aliaksandr Herasimenka

Research Associate


Aliaksandr is a political communication researcher with a special focus on social data science, media and authoritarianism. He was Director of Research at the Programme on Democracy and Technology at the Oxford Internet Institute and a fellow at the Oxford Martin Programme on Misinformation, Science and Media.

Aliaksandr investigates how political groups and governments use AI and social media to manipulate public opinion. His current research projects focus on pressing emergencies, including the war in Ukraine, the COVID-19 crisis, and climate change. He has designed scientific tools to track and analyse misleading narratives about these emergencies circulating across the global communication environment. He is an editor of the War in Ukraine and Disinformation Newsletter.

Aliaksandr holds a PhD in Communication, degrees in European Studies, Political Science and Computer Science. His PhD dissertation investigated how pro-democracy activists adapted technologies to increase political engagement in authoritarian settings in Belarus and Russia.

He held teaching and research positions at Middlesex University, University College London, University of Portsmouth and University of Westminster. He taught digital methods, political communication, digital activism and communication theories.

Research Interests

Political communication, computational methods, digital media, social movements, political disinformation, messaging platforms.

Positions at the OII

  • Research Associate, June 2022 -
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, April 2020 - June 2023


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