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Joanna Redden
Assistant 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
  • Teaching

  • Research

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  • Courses Taught

Fall 2020

MIT 3954F-001 Special Topics in MIT: Digital Activism
FIMS 9332A-650 Special Topic: Datafied Society

Previously taught:

Power and Resistance in the Big Data Age (with Emiliano Treré)
Big Data, Society and Everday Life
Data Power 
Critical Media Studies
Research Methods


My research combines my interests in datafication, politics, governance and social justice. I am co-director of the 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 predictive and automated data systems, b) learning from data harms and those trying to redress these harms and c) working toward greater citizen participation in our datafied societies.

I am 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, Ryerson 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.




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.

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