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About Me


I’m an academic in the UK interested in social network analysis, social computing and the role of social media. I enjoy scraping, analysing and visualising data and social networks. In my free time, I like to explore the outdoors, mountain climbing, cycling, running and attending church. I think of myself as an all-round nerd.

Academic Bio #

I’m Dr. James Ashford, and I’m a Research Associate at Cardiff University with an interest in understanding how people use social media though techniques such as social network analysis.

I have a PhD in Computer Science from Cardiff University, in which I produced a thesis titled “A network science framework for detecting disruptive behaviour on social media”

Research Interests

My research interests include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Social Network Analysis
  • Social Media Usage
  • Data Science
  • Data Visualisation
  • Mis/Disinformation
  • Machine Learning
  • Python Programming
  • Data Structures and Algorithms

Personal Bio #

Personal Interests

I have a broad range of interests / hobbies. I also enjoy learning new skills. A few of interests includes:

  • Reading
  • The Bible, Christian / Theological
  • Productivity
  • A bit of fiction
  • Writing
  • Spending time outdoors
  • Cycling and running
  • Cooking
  • Card tricks
  • Learning new skills

Disclaimer #

All view and opinions featured on this website are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer.