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Joanna Redden
Associate Professor

FIMS & Nursing Building Room 4077
Phone: 519-519-661-2111 x88476

University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B7
Fax: 519-661-3506
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My research focuses on datafication, politics, governance and social justice. I am co-director of the Starling Centre based in FIMS at Western University and the UK-based Data Justice Lab. I am currently working on projects that involve: a) mapping and analyzing the social and political implications of increasing government uses of AI and automated data systems, b) learning from data harms and those trying to redress these harms and c) working toward greater civic participation in our datafied societies.

Recent co-produced databases, reports and research sites include:

1) The Tracking Automated Government in Canada Register

2) Democratizing Datafied Society

3) Automating Public Services: Learning From Cancelled Systems

4) The Data Harm Record

5) Data Scores in the UK


I am co-author of Understanding Media: Communication, Power and Social Change (Penguin, 2024), Data Justice (Sage, 2022), the author of The Mediation of Poverty: The News, New Media and Politics (Lexington, 2014) and co-editor of Compromised Data: From Social Media to Big Data (Bloomsbury, 2015). I have published articles in academic journals such as Big Data & Society and popular sites like Scientific American. I have contributed chapters to various edited collections. My research has been funded by the Open Society Foundations, Carnegie UK Trust, the Nuffield Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre.


I have held fellowships at the Infoscape Centre for the Study of Social Media, Toronto Metropolitan University and at the Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre. Prior to joining Western I was a Senior Lecturer at Cardiff University and before this an Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary. I have worked as a reporter, as well as a researcher in documentary television and in politics which also informs my research and writing.




Curran, J. and Redden, J. (2024) Understanding Media: Communication, Power and Social Change. London: Penguin.

Beresford, H., Muis, I., Oman, S., Redden, J. Renkema, E., Tichenor, M. (2024) “Practitioner Interventions in Data Power,” Dialogues in Data Power, Bristol: Bristol University Press.



Bannerman, S., Smith, K.L., Redden, J., Akanbi, O., Maqsood, S., Obar, J. and Streeter, T. (2023) Submission to The Standing Committee on Industry and Technology on Bill C-27, An Act to enact the Consumer Privacy Protection Act, the Personal Information and Data Protecion Tribunal Act and the Artificial Intelligence and Data Act and to make consequential and related amendments to other Acts, November.

Hintz, A., Dencik, L., Redden, J., Treré, E. (2023) Civic Participation in the Datafied Society—
Introduction. International Journal of Communication, (S.l.), v. 17, p. 3549-3561



Dencik, L., Hintz, A., Redden, J. Treré, E. (2022) Data Justice, London: Sage.

Redden, J. (2022) "Data and Governance," In: Dencik, L., Hintz, A., Redden, J. and Treré, E. Data Justice. London: Sage, pp. 25-40.

Redden, J. (2022) "Data Harms," In: Dencik, L., Hintz, A., Redden, J. and Treré, E. Data Justice. London: Sage, pp. 59-72.

Redden, J., Brand, J., Sander, I., Warne, H., Grant, A. and White, D. (2022) “Automating Public Services: Learning from Cancelled  Systems,” Carnegie UK Trust and Data Justice Lab, pp. 1-91.

Redden, J., Brand, J., Sander, I., Warne, H. (2022) “Datafied Child Welfare Services as Sites of Struggle.” In: Currie, M. and Knox, J. (eds). Data Justice & the Right to the CityEdinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 

Redden, J. (2022) "Governments' use of automated decision-making systems reflects systemic issues of injustice and inequality," The Conversation, Sept. 21.


Redden, J., Dencik, L. and Warne, H. 2020. Datafied child welfare services: unpacking politics, economics and power. Policy Studies, pp. -. (10.1080/01442872.2020.1724928)

Redden, J. 2020. Predictive analytics and child welfare: Toward data justice. Canadian Journal of Communication 45(1), pp. 101-111. (10.22230/cjc.2020v45n1a3479)


Dencik, al. 2019. The 'golden view': data-driven governance in the scoring society. Internet Policy Review 8(2), pp. -. (10.14763/2019.2.1413)

Beer, al. 2019. Landscape summary: Online targeting: What is online targeting, what impact does it have, and how can we maximise benefits and minimise harms?. Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. Available at:

Dencik, al. 2019. Exploring data justice: conceptions, applications and directions. Information, Communication and Society 22(7), pp. 873-881. (


Dencik, al. 2018. Data scores as Governance: Investigating uses of citizen scoring in public services project report. Project Report. Cardiff University: Open Society Foundations.

Redden, J. 2018. The harm that data doScientific American 319(5)

Redden, J. 2018. Democratic governance in an age of datafication: lessons from mapping government discourses and practicesBig Data and Society 5(2), pp. 1-13. (10.1177/2053951718809145)


Redden, J. 2017. Six ways (and counting) that big data systems are harming societyThe Conversation 2017(Dec 7)

Redden, J. 2017. Digital, political, radical [Book review]Global Policy 2017(Sep 22)

Allan, S. and Redden, J. 2017. Making citizen science newsworthy in the era of big dataJournal of Science Communication 16(2), pp. 1-12., article number: C05. (10.22323/2.16020305)

Redden, J. and Brand, J. 2017. Data harm record. [Online]. Data Justice Lab: Data Justice Lab. Available at:


Redden, J. 2015. Social media protest in context: surveillance, information management, and neoliberal governance in Canada. In: Dencik, L. and Leistert, O. eds. Critical Perspectives on Social Media and Protest: Between Control and Emancipation. Rowman and Littlefield, pp. 127-144.

Langlois, G., Redden, J. and Elmer, G. eds. 2015. Compromised data: from social media to big data. London: Bloomsbury.

Redden, J. 2015. Big data as system of knowledge: investigating Canadian governance. In: Elmer, G., Langlois, G. and Redden, J. eds. Compromised Data: From Social Media to Big Data. London: Bloomsbury

Langlois, G., Redden, J. and Elmer, G. 2015. Introduction: compromised data. In: Langlois, G., Redden, J. and Elmer, G. eds. Compromised Data: From Social Media to Big Data. London: Bloomsbury


Redden, J. 2014. The mediation of poverty: the news, new media, and politics. Rowman and Littlefield.


Redden, J. 2012. Poverty in the news: a framing analysis of coverage in Canada and the United Kingdom. In: Loader, B. and Mercea, D. eds. Social Media and Democracy: Innovations in Participatory PoliticsRoutledge Research in Political Communication London: Routledge, pp. 57-76.


Redden, J. 2011. Poverty in the news: a framing analysis of coverage in Canada and the United KingdomInformation, Communication & Society 16, pp. 820-849. (10.1080/1369118X.2011.586432)


Redden, J. and Witschge, T. 2010. A new news order? Online news content examined. In: Fenton, N. ed. New Media, Old News: Journalism and Democracy in a Digital Age. SAGE Publications, pp. 171-186.


Elmer, al. 2009. Blogs I read: partisanship and party loyalty in the Canadian blogosphereJournal of Information Technology & Politics 6, pp. 156-165. (10.1080/19331680902832582)


Elmer, al. 2007. Election bloggers: methods for determining political influenceFirst Monday 12(4), article number: 2 Apr 2007.

DIGICOMM 2305 Special Topic: Digital Activism 2023 Fall , 2022 Fall , 2021 Fall (2 sections) FIMS 9332 Special Topic: Datafied Society 2020 Fall FIMS 9336 Information and Media Policy for Social Justice 2023 Winter MIT 2200 Mapping Media and Cultural Theory 2024 Winter , 2023 Winter , 2022 Winter , 2021 Winter MIT 3954 Special Topics in MIT: Digital Activism 2023 Fall , 2022 Fall , 2021 Fall , 2020 Fall MIT 4035 Special Topics in MIT: Datafied Society 2023 Fall MIT 4101 Special Topics in MIT: Automation in Practice 2022 Winter , 2021 Winter