Kiran Arabaghatta Basavaraj

Advanced Quantitative Methods

PhD Researcher in Advanced Quantitative Methods (ESRC 1+3)
Q-Step Centre, College of Social Sciences and International Studies, University of Exeter

Start date: September 2017

Research topic: Democratizing or Disrupting? The role of Campaign (Mis)information in the 2019 National Election in India

My research examines: a) the campaign (mis)information on the social media, and b) voter perception towards misinformation, during the 2019 national election in India. Using Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning techniques and other computational methods, I explore the information space for misinformation, and measure its volume and diffusion, identify the characteristics of the content, medium of propagation (Facebook and Twitter), dissemination strategies, and examine whether the correction of misinformation matters, thereby addressing the supply-side and consumption side of the campaign misinformation. Further, through social network analysis I analyze the misinformation sharing eco-system.

Research supervisors: Professor Susan Banducci, Dr. Iulia Cioroianu

Professional memberships/Positions held:

Member: 1) Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA), 2) WAPOR Asia