Ian G Johnson

i.g.johnson1@ncl.ac.uk | Doctoral Trainee

Ian G Johnson

I am interested in measuring and evaluating the role digital technologies have on the relationship between government and residents, and how technology can give communities a voice. My research focuses on socio-technical devices enabling bottom-up approaches to civic engagement and grassroots movements.

Before commencing my doctoral training at the Digital Civics CDT, I completed a Masters in PR and Communications. My dissertation focus was on the use of social media to enable the enactment of civil society. The work considered the democratisation effect of social media on local government communications. I also have experience of working in local government communications where I developed an interest and experience of communication channels between communities and local government.

Before returning to academia I worked as a teacher and completed an MA studying education and society. This research looked at digital tools for learning beyond the classroom.

I am passionate about genuine democracy and the ways in which digital technologies encourage open and transparent governance, in the context of a crisis of trust towards large organisations and government.


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