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Dylan Thurgood

DPhil Student

Dylan Thurgood

DPhil Student


Dylan Thurgood is a second-year DPhil in Social Data Science student at the OII. He holds an MSc in Social Data Science from the OII and a BSc in Economics from the University of Warwick, during which he spent one year studying at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. Dylan’s research lies at the intersection of political science, data science, psychology and communication studies. He is primarily interested in how individuals update their beliefs when they encounter news online via websites or social media platforms, focusing on AI-generated news, hyperpartisan news and public broadcaster news in particular. Besides gaining a better understanding of opinion formation at the micro-level and analysing the implications this has for society as a whole, his work focuses on interventions that could enhance collective intelligence and mitigate polarisation. His research is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

Research Interests

Opinion formation; online news; collective intelligence; political polarisation; trust in institutions; science communication; e-participation; populism; conspiracy beliefs.

Positions at the OII

  • Teaching Assistant, October 2023 - March 2024
  • DPhil Student, October 2022 -
  • MSc Student, October 2020 - July 2021



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