Thesis: Subject, crowd and the governance of activity: The role of digital tools in emergency response (2016). Read here.
Supervisor: Professor Robin Mansell
Biography and Research
Since October 2017, Gregory works on a research project as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Russia Institute, King’s College London. His work focuses on how information technologies, specifically social media and crowdsourcing platforms, constitute the role of individual users and crowds in crisis situations. Whereas Gregory's PhD thesis examined how Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) mediate different modes of the relationship between individuals and the state in natural disasters, his present research investigates this very relationship in the context of warfare.
Gregory's current project titled “Participatory Warfare: the Role of ICTs in Modern Conflicts” explores how ICTs change the everyday lives of users who are remote from a zone of conflict, and how ICTs contribute to the participation of their users in warfare. The project seeks to contribute to understanding the role of digital mediation in the relationship between users and conflicts, and to build a detailed picture of the forms of civic engagement in modern warfare. In order to investigate whether and how social networks foster the convergence of everyday life and warfare, and how digitally mediated practices contribute to citizen engagement in conflicts, he focuses primarily on the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
Gregory's additional research interests include Internet regulation in Russia, the role of ICTs in areas of limited statehood, and the role of digital networks in the emergence of alternative socio-political spaces. He is particularly interested in exploring the tension between the Internet as an alternative socio-political space and the sovereignization of the online space by state actors.
View Gregory's Kings College London profile