Dr Paul Reilly

Senior Lecturer in Social Media and Digital Society

MA (St Andrews), PhD (Glasgow)


Paul Reilly


+44 (0)114 222 2647

I was appointed Senior Lecturer in Social Media & Digital Society in the Information School at the University of Sheffield in October 2015. I was previously a lecturer in Media and Communication at the University of Leicester (November 2009- September 2015) and was a Part-Time Lecturer (Teaching only) at the University of Glasgow (2007-2010). My PhD (Glasgow, 2008) focused on the ways in which loyalist and republican groups used their websites to frame the Northern Irish peace process.

My research focuses on the study of online political communication, with a focus on three key areas: (1) the use of social media by citizens to create and share acts of sousveillance (inverse surveillance); (2) the ways in which digital media can be used to crowdsource crisis information; and (3) the use of new media to reduce sectarian tensions and promote better community relations in divided societies such as Northern Ireland.

University Responsibilities

  • Officer for PGR Student Affairs, Faculty of Social Sciences (October 2016-October 2018).
  • Deputy Director of Research, Information School (March 2016-September 2018)
  • Member of Digital Societies Research Group