Nikki Soo


Dr nikki soo


About me

I am a political communication researcher with a wide range of interests, especially the integration and impact of digital tools in society, media and culture. I am Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Sir Bernard Crick Centre, housed in the Department of Politics, University of Sheffield. In this role, I work on research that studies the relationship between politics, politician and the public. I was previously Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Manchester on a project that examines knowledge gaps and the role of public service broadcasters in the era of misinformation, in partnership with the BBC.

I earned my PhD in Politics at Royal Holloway's New Political Communication Unit in 2018, where I investigated contemporary British MP constituency activities. Carrying out an ethnography with British MPs over a period of 24 months, I am passionate about drawing on innovative methods to gain intimate insights into politics and society. I also founded, produced and edited the department's podcasts, pirwired and npcwired.

I am interested in tackling social inequalities, such as access to information and education, implemented through creative and sustainable solutions. Some of the ways I have done this is through the ESRC Festival of Social Science scheme and giving public talks. I also have previous experience in think tanks, third sector organisations and consultancies in Asia and the UK.

I have provided commentary on BBC Look North and some of my writing has been published on the Crick Centre site, LSE Review of Books, RHUL New Pol Com Blog, and Global Policy. To read some of the things I have written, click here.

For more information, check out my CV.


What I am currently working on

/ October 2019

  • Giving a seminar at the University of Liverpool’s Media and Communications Department. The paper is based off a paper I have written with Kate Dommett and James Weinberg on whether the quality of political contact affects citizen satisfaction and engagement.

  • Giving a seminar with Marta Cantijoch (University of Manchester) at the University of Sheffield’s Department of Journalism on the role of public service broadcasters and political knowledge gaps in an era of misinformation.

  • Launching Pocket Politics, a joint initiative by the Department of Politics at Sheffield and the Politics Society.

Academic DIY

How I Defended My Viva

How I Stalked MPs

media and podcasts

Media and Public Speaking

Podcast Workshops

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