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Dr Marco Bastos


Marco Bastos

Lecturer/Assistant Professor (Ad Astra Fellow)
School of Information and Communication Studies
University College Dublin, School of Information and Communication Studies


Marco Bastos is the University College Dublin Ad Astra Fellow at the School of Information and Communication Studies. He is Senior Lecturer at City, University of London and has held research positions at the University of California at Davis, Duke University, University of São Paulo, and the Goethe-University of Frankfurt. Marco is the lead investigator in the Twitter-funded project investigating echo chambers and political polarization in the aftermath of the Brexit vote. He is also (co-) principal investigator in the project investigating the network structure of disinformation cascades funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. His work has appeared in Journal of Communication, Social Networks, and New Media & Society. His research on low-quality information and automated social media accounts has been featured in major media outlets such as BBC, New York Times, Guardian, Washington Post, Bloomberg, Wired, and BuzzFeed. Marco is currently working on the book “Spatialising Social Media” and the co-authored volume detailing the Serial Activists project. He welcomes PhD applications to the fully-funded Ad Astra PhD Scholarship. Applicants interested in developing computational methods applied to spatial and network objects are particularly welcome to apply.


  • Ad Astra Fellow
    University College Dublin, School of Information and Communication Studies, Dublin, Ireland2020


  • Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication
    City, University of London., Department of Sociology, London, United Kingdom2016


  • Associate Fellow
    Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom