Siân Brooke’s research interests are largely within sociology and gender. Siân’s doctoral research focused on the construction of gendered identity on the pseudonymous web. In particular, the formation and maintenance of troll and hacktivist identities and the operation of gender politics in online forums.

Siân was awarded first class honors in her Bachelors in Politics and Sociology at the University of Portsmouth in 2015. Her thesis focused upon the gendered narratives of consumerism in the virtual environment of GPS dating on social discovery apps. For this piece of work, she received the Henry Walton Prize for excellence and outstanding performance in a Sociology dissertation. In addition, she was also awarded the School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies Prize for the highest overall performance for two years, and the Nelly Haddad Memorial Prize for her studies in the International Politics of the Middle East within the University of Portsmouth.

In 2016, Siân completed her Masters in Research within the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Portsmouth. Her research project focused upon gendered performances in memes and virtual humour on

Siân has ran and participated in numerous feminist campaigns during her studies, holding a strong passion for political engagement.

Research interests

Identity formation online, gender politics, online communities, pseudonymity, trolling, hacktivism, cyberbullying.

Positions held at the OII

  • DPhil student, October 2016 –

Conference papers

  • Brooke, S. (2019) "“Condescending, Rude, Assholes”: Framing gender and hostility on Stack Overflow", Proceedings of the Third Workshop on Abusive Language Online. Proceedings of the Third Workshop on Abusive Language Online, Florence, Italy, 1 January 1970. Association for Computational Linguistics. 172-180.
  • BROOKE, S. (2018) Breaking Gender Code: Hackathons, Gender, and the Social Dynamics of Competitive Creation. CHI.

Journal articles