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Advisory group

Named partners and collaborators sit on our project advisory board. The advisory board convenes annually (three times during the lifetime of the project), to provide advice and guidance to the research team.

Advisory board members


Meredith Broussard is a data journalist and an associate professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University. She is the author of Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World (2018, MIT Press).



 Mona Chalabi is a data journalist, writer, illustrator, producer, and presenter. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, New York Magazine, The Guardian and many more.




Martin Engebretsen is Professor of Language and Communication at the University of Agder, Norway. Between 2016 and 2019 he led the research project Innovative Data Visualization and Visual-Numeric Literacy (INDVIL). He is a co-editor of Data Visualization in Society (2020, Amsterdam University Press).




Jonathan Gray is Lecturer in Critical Infrastructure Studies at the Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London. He is Co-Founder of the Public Data Lab and Research Associate at the Digital Methods Initiative at the University of Amsterdam and the médialab at Sciences Po, Paris.




David Machin is an internationally established scholar working in the fields of Critical Discourse Analysis, Multimodality and Social Semiotics. Currently, he is Professor in the School of International Studies at Zhejiang University, China. He is the author or co-author of many books, including Visual Journalism (2015, Palgrave), Global Media Discourse (2007, Routledge) and Introduction to Multimodal Analysis (2020, Bloomsbury).



Claire Miller is the Editor of Reach Data Unit. She is the author of Getting Started with Data Journalism: Writing Data Stories in Any Size Newsroom.





Joseph O'LearyJoseph O'Leary is the Special Projects Editor at Full Fact. He  is responsible for developing new fact checking tools and products, and also supports the fact checking team editorially. He leads Full Fact's education work, teaching fact checking and critical thinking in schools and colleges, and delivers courses in data analysis to apprentices.




Professor Gillian RoseGillian Rose is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Academy of Social Sciences. She is the author of Feminism and Geography (Polity, 1993), Doing Family Photography (Ashgate, 2010) and Visual Methodologies (Sage, fourth edition 2016), as well as many papers on images, visualising technologies and ways of seeing in urban, domestic and archival spaces. Her current research interests focus on contemporary digital visual culture.


Alan Smith is the Head of Visual and Data Journalism at the Financial Times. Before he joined the FT, he was head of digital content at the Office for National Statistics where he was awarded an OBE in 2011 for services to official statistics.



Rebecca Swift is the Global Head of Creative Insights at Getty Images. She also leads the Getty Images Diversity and Inclusion Global Advisory Committee, which has developed a number of photographer grants supporting storytellers who have historically been marginalized.




Karin Wahl-Jorgensen is Professor in the School of Journalism, Media and Culture at Cardiff University. Her research focuses on the relationship between citizenship, media and emotion - and how it is affected by rapid technological change and innovation. She is the author or co-author of five books, including Emotions, Media and Politics (2019, Polity) and Digital Citizenship in a Datafied Society (2018, Polity).