Dr Paul Reilly

Senior Lecturer in Social Media and Digital Society

MA (St Andrews), PhD (Glasgow)


Paul Reilly


+44 (0)114 222 2647

Invited Presentations

Reilly, P. (2017) Social media, citizen empowerment and crisis communication during the 2014 UK Floods, invited presentation at ESRC CASCADE-NET Seminar, The role of civil society’s agency in governance and contingency planning: citizenship, participation and social learning, University of Sheffield, 1 December.

Reilly, P., Serafinelli, E., Petersen, L., and Fallou, L. (2017) Enhancing critical infrastructure resilience through effective crisis communication: identifying best practices for European CI Operators, invited presentation to Information School, University of Sheffield, 15 November.

Reilly, P. (2017) Twitter, affective publics and contentious parades in divided societies: The 2014 and 2015 Ardoyne parade disputes, Invited presentation to Faculty of Media and Communication, Bournemouth University, 24 May.

Reilly, P. (2016) Summary of research interests, Invited presentation to Library and Information Societies research group, Information School, University of Sheffield, 9 June.

Reilly, P. (2016) YouTube, sousveillance and the policing of the 2013 flag protests in Northern Ireland, invited presentation to Social Media and Politics symposium, Ulster University, Belfast, 3 June

Reilly, P. (2015) Screencasts in Media Studies, invited presentation as part of symposium ‘EAP Lecturers and subject specific lecturers at University of Leicester, British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes Annual Conference, University of Leicester, 18 April.

Reilly, P. (2015) Tweeting the Twelfth: How citizens used Twitter during the Orange Order parades in July 2014, Media and Democracy Group, University of Leicester, 25th March.

Reilly, P. (2015) Social media, citizen empowerment and crisis communication during the 2014 UK Floods, Risk and Social Media, Association française pour la prévention des catastrophes naturals (AFPN), Bâtiment Bienvenue, Cité Descartes, Marne-la-Vallée, 24 January.

Reilly, P. (2014) Invited interview at Reportage Club, Documentary Media Month, Leicester, 26 November.

Reilly, P. (2014) The mobile phone: a tool for sousveillance? The Social World in 100 Objects, ESRC Festival of Social Science, New Walk Museum, 7 November.

Reilly, P (2014) Invited presentation at Holistic Approaches to Reducing Marginalisation: An Irish Perspective, RCUK Partnership for Conflict, Crime & Security Research, Durham University, 26 September.

Reilly, P (2014) Summary of research interests, Invited presentation to Scoping Questions of Privacy, Surveillance and Governance, Digital Society Network, University of Sheffield, 16 July.

Reilly, P (2013) Social media and Northern Irish politics: an overview, Invited presentation at Transformative Networks? Social media, politics and protests, University of Ulster, Belfast Campus, 10 December.

Reilly, P (2013) Invited Participant in New Media, New Politics: Social media and conflict transformation in Northern Ireland, Roundtable, Political Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference, Trinity College Dublin, 18-19 October.

Reilly, P (2013) Social media, sousveillance and riots: Challenges for UK Police Forces, invited presentation to Social Media and Crowds, European Police College Webinar, 3 July.

Reilly, P (2013) Social media, sousveillance and civil unrest in the UK, invited presentation to Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research, Birmingham City University, 5 June.

Reilly, P (2012) Social media and Social unrest: Challenges and Opportunities for UK Police, Invited presentation to Global MSC Security Seminar ‘ CCTV Budget Cuts & the Riots – How Did We Adapt? Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel, Bristol, 6 March.

Reilly, P (2012) invited Participant in Urban Operations- How the military can contribute to achieving effect in the urban environment, Exercise AGILE WARRIOR, Royal United Services Institute, London, 12 February.

Reilly, P (2011) Policing and Social Media, Invited presentation to Westminster eForum Keynote Seminar eCrime, cyber-threats and protecting critical infrastructure, Princess Alexandra Hall, Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, Park Place, St James's Street, London, 24 November.

Reilly, P. (2010) Facebook for Peace? An exploration of the dialogic potential of Web 2.0 in Northern Irish interface areas, Invited seminar presentation to Geography Department, University of Leicester, Leicester, 27 May.

Reilly, P. (2010) Invited Poster Presentation and Participation in, Mapping the Impact of Online Information on the Political, Economic and Social Sphere, Google HQ, London, 1 March

Selected Media Appearances:

Social Media and Politics Podcast #69: Protests and Demonstrations in Northern Ireland, 13 January 2019.

Gander, K. Psychologists discover deluded people and religious fundamentalists more likely to believe fake news, Newsweek, 30 October 2018.

Sharman, D. Local journalists playing 'critical role' in 'fake news' fight, new study says, Hold the Front Page, 30 August 2018.

Social media’s not all bad- It is saving lives in disaster zones, op-ed, Irish Examiner, 27 August 2018.

Opinion: Social media’s not all bad- it’s saving lives in disasters,World is One News, 23 August 2018.

Nestor, H. Vero: ad-free social media that puts privacy first, Canvas8, 19 March 2018.

BBC Radio Leicester Afternoon show with Jonathan Lampon, interview on nomophobia, 22 August 2017.

BBC Radio Leicester Afternoon show with Jonathan Lampon, Interview on oversharing on social media, 12 June 2017.

Is the medium more important than the message? Communicating with disaster affected populations in the Information Age, France Forum, December 2016.

Pickles, J.S. The far right and false imagery The National Student, 2 February 2016.

Pickles, N (Twitter UK Public Policy Manager) Amplifying voices of respect and tolerance across Northern Ireland, 26 January 2016.

BBC Good Morning Ulster, Northern Ireland Community Relations Council Twitter study mentioned during interview with Twitter UK Public Policy Manager Nick Pickles, 22 January 2016.

Politicians: Share sites are double-edged sword, The Sun (Northern Ireland edition), 5 May 2015.

How Twitter is defusing sectarian tensions, Belfast Telegraph, 31 March 2015.

BBC Radio Leicester breakfast show with Jim Davis and Jo Hayward, Interview about role of social media in 2015 UK General Election, 30 March 2015.

Brenda Leyland: Did the press act responsibly when reporting the abuse directed at Kate and Gerry McCann? Leicester Mercury, 7 October 2014.

Disaster media could aid decisions, Professional Security, 15 August 2014.

Tweets that trapped Tattenham Corner armed robbers, BBC News, 13 June 2014.

A survey of British newspaper readership: online paid-for content loses popularity, Guanming Daily, 24 February 2014.

A new, different kind of ‘troubles’ in Northern Ireland, Christian Science Monitor, 5 February 2013, Interview on use of social media during flag protests.

Gary Lineker’s son taunted by Twitter troll, Leicester Mercury, 3 August 2012.

Twitter, the Snoopers Charter and Online Privacy, World Financial Review, Op-ed on Twitter and privacy, 25 July 2012.

Social media empowers student protests in Montreal, Montreal Gazette, Interview about social media and protests, 21 May 2012.

Twitter did not incite people to riot, claims study, Leicester Mercury, 9 December 2011.

Social media doubled edged sword in protests, CorpComms, 17 October 2011.

BBC Radio Leicester lunchtime show with Jonathan Lampon, Interview about growth in social media usage worldwide, 12 August 2011.

BBC Radio Manchester, Alan Beswick at Breakfast, Interview about social media use during English riots, 15 September 2011.

Policing: Social media and flash mobs, The Current (with Jim Brown), Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, interview about role of social media during English riots, 10 August 2011.

Professional Affiliations

Associate Editor, Palgrave Communications (October 2017-present)

Member, Accelerating Change in Global Governance, International Studies Association Working Group (February 2017- present)

Member, Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) Ethics Working Group (March 2017 -present)

Member, Ethics Committee, FashionBrain: Understanding Europe’s Fashion Data Universe, European Commission Horizon 2020 project, February 2017 – present)

Co-Editor, Online Information Review (June- November 2016)

Member, Editorial Board, For(e)dialogue, University of Leicester (April 2016 – present)

Member, Academic Friends of European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (December 2015- present)

Member, Advisory Board, LEGaSi, Cooperation Ireland (December 2014- September 2015).

Member, Scientific Board, Communication and Media Research Center (2014- present)

Co-convenor of IDeoGRAMS research cluster, University of Leicester (2011-13).

Member of Technology-Enhanced Learning Group, College of Social Sciences, University of Leicester (2013)

Member of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Internet and Politics Standing Group, and European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA).

Reviewed submissions for journals including Children’s Geographies, Information, Communication & Society, Media, War & Conflict, Journal of Information Technology and Politics, New Media & Society, Peace & Change: A Journal of Peace Research, Policy and Internet and Visual Communication.

I have also reviewed research grant proposals for the ESRC and monograph submissions for the Media and Communication series at Polity Press and SAGE.