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Mathilda Åkerlund

I have a PhD in sociology. My research explores how far-right discourse are expressed and spread in everyday settings and among “ordinary” users online.

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Doctoral student at Department of Sociology
Hus Y, Beteendevetarhuset & Norra beteendevetarhuset Mediagränd 14, Beteendevetarhuset, Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

I am a PhD working in digital sociology researching how far-right discourse are expressed and spread in everyday settings and among “ordinary” users online. I am also board member with the Centre for Digital Social Research (DIGSUM), and editorial assistant with the Journal of Digital Social Research (JDSR).
In my recently finished dissertation project Social Media Elites: Mapping informal political influence online, funded by the Swedish Research Council, I investigated various aspects of far-right discourse online, on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Flashback, specifically in a Swedish language context. Among other things, I studied the types of users who become important in the propagation and normalisation of far-right discourse, what is expressed and in what way, and importantly, the roles that different platforms play in facilitating or preventing the dissemination of such ideas.

Information, Communication and Society
Eriksson Krutrök, Moa; Åkerlund, Mathilda
Akademiska avhandlingar vid Sociologiska institutionen, Umeå universitet, D122
Åkerlund, Mathilda
Digitala metoder i humaniora och samhällsvetenskap, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB 2021 : 137-160
Åkerlund, Mathilda
Information, Communication and Society
Åkerlund, Mathilda
Social Media + Society, Sage Publications 2021, Vol. 7, (2)
Åkerlund, Mathilda
European Journal of Communication, Sage Publications 2020, Vol. 35, (5) : 613-628
Åkerlund, Mathilda
Journalism Studies, Routledge 2019, Vol. 20, (9) : 1319-1338
Åkerlund, Mathilda
Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Oxford University Press 2018, Vol. 23, (6) : 332-353
Merrill, Samuel; Åkerlund, Mathilda