Selected talks, lectures and seminars


Teaching with data rights: Comparative walkthrough of requesting personal data, 9 February 2024, Teaching with Data Rights workshop hosted by the Law, Science, Technology & Society (LSTS) Research Group of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). 


Situating forest restoration with digital methods (talk with Jonathan Gray, Gabriele Colombo and Rina Tsubaki), 14th June 2023, European Forest Institute SUPERB/IUFRO Forest Restoration Talk Series (webinar).

Mapping online engagement with forest restoration sites in Europe (workshop with Jonathan Gray and Rina Tsubaki), 25th April 2023, European Forest Institute Planted Forests Facility, Bordeaux (France).

Repurposing digital media for collective inquiry. Notes from the Public Data Lab 2017-2023, (with Jonathan Gray), SciencePo Paris medialab, 18th April 2023.


Recomposing forest restoration with digital methods (conference paper with Jonathan Gray and Gabriele Colombo). Digital Ecologies in Practice, 28-29th July 2022, University of Bonn (Germany).

#AmazonFires and the online composition of forest politics (conference paper with Jonathan Gray and Gabriele Colombo). EASST 2022, 6-9th July 2022, Madrid (Spain).

Recomposing forest restoration with digital methods (conference paper with Jonathan Gray and Gabriele Colombo). Valuing Nature workshop, 21-22nd June 2022, King’s College London & Université de Paris.

#AmazonFires and the online composition of forest politics (conference paper), Ecologies and Infrastructures: Cultural Techniques of Environmental Management symposium, King’s College London / Arizona State University, 22nd April 2022.


Jornalismo De Dados No Mundo (Talk and panel discussion coinciding with launch of Portuguese translation of Data Journalism Handbook: Towards a Critical Data Practice), Coda.Br 21, 11th November 2021.

Mapping Amazonian Rainforest fires (with Gabriele Colombo and Jonathan Gray), Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts (DRHA) 2021: Digital Matters: Designing/Performing Agency for the Anthropocene, Humboldt University, Berlin, 5-7th September 2021.

Towards a Critical Data Journalism, Keynote at Digital Methods Summer School 2021, University of Amsterdam, 5th July 2021.

Modifying Methods: Collaborative Research at the Public Data Lab (with Jonathan Gray), Digital Democracies Institute, Simon Fraser University, 2nd June 2021.

The Data Journalism Handbook: Towards a Critical Data Practice (Talk/Panel Session), Computation+Journalism workshop, Northeastern University, 19th February 2021.


Corona Testing on Twitter: Surfacing Testing Situations “Beyond the Laboratory” (with Noortje Marres, Jonathan Gray, James Tripp, Helena Suarez Val, Iain Emsley, Federica Bardelli, Gabriele Colombo, Cian O’Donovan, Cagatay Turkay), Pandemic Cooperation: Media and Society in Times of Corona, University of Siegen, 27th October 2020.

The Research Persona Method (with Ganaele Langlois and Esther Weltevrede), Beyond Disinformation: Authenticity and Trust in the Online World workshop, Simon Fraser University, 22-23rd October 2020.

COVID-19 Testing on Twitter: Visualising Testing Situations Beyond the Laboratory (with Noortje Marres and Jonathan Gray), “The Politics of Uncertainty; Visualizing, Quantifying, and Fact-Checking Truth Claims in an Era of Polarized Politics” session, EASST/4S (Locating and Timing Matters: Significance and Agency of STS in Emerging Worlds), 18th August 2020.

Virtual workshop on COVID-19 Testing on Twitter: Surfacing testing situations beyond the laboratory. University of Warwick, 22nd June 2020.


Data Personification? on the (Con)Figuration of Speculative Persons In, Through and With Data (with Jonathan Gray, Ganaele Langlois and Esther Weltevrede). Presentation at ‘Figurations: Persons In/Out of Data’ conference, Goldsmiths, University of London, 17 December 2019.


The Infrastructural Uncanny and the Social Life of Junk Viral News Online. Presentation at  ‘Shadow Economies of the Internet’ workshop, Stockholm University, Sweden, 20 September 2018.

The Social Life of “Fake News” Online. Guest lecture and workshop at the University of Warwick, U.K., 9 May 2018.

Some Provocations About “Fake News”. Invited lecture at ‘Inventive Methods for Media Research’ lecture series, University of Siegen, Germany, 16 January 2018.

Following Concerning Facts Online: The Case of False Viral News and Other Information Disorders. Keynote at the Digital Methods Winter School 2018, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, 8 January 2018.


Fake News in Digital Culture. Invited talk at the Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London, 11 October 2017.

Fake News in Digital Culture. Invited talk at the Institute for Policy Research symposium on Politics, Fake News and the Post-Truth Era, University of Bath, 14 September 2017.

A Field Guide to Fake News. Launch event panel at the International Journalism Festival, Perugia, Italy, 7 April 2017 (with Jonathan Gray, Michele Mauri, Angeles Briones, Claire Wardle and Craig Silverman).

Fake News, Algorithmic Accountability and the Role of Data Journalism in the Post-Truth Era. Invited talk at the workshop ‘How Can Public Interest Journalism Hold Algorithms to Account?‘, University of Cambridge, 23 March 2017 (with Jonathan Gray).


What Can Data Journalists and Digital Humanists Learn from Each Other?Invited talk at the Digital Humanities + Data Journalism Symposium, University of Miami, US, 30 September 2016 (with Jonathan Gray).

Data Journalism and the Remaking of Data InfrastructuresInvited talk at the Evidence and the Politics of Policymaking: Where Next? Symposium, Institute for Policy Research and Centre for Development Studies, University of Bath, UK, 14 September 2016.

Data Infrastructure Literacy: Reshaping Practices of Measurement, Monitoring and Evidence. Conference paper at 4S/EASST Conference Barcelona 2016, Spain, 2 September 2016 (with Jonathan Gray and Carolin Gerlitz).

Doing Digital Methods. Some Recent Highlights from Winter and Summer Schools. Invited talk at the Digital Methods Summer School, Digital Methods Initiative, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, 27 June 2016.

Ways of Studying, Using and Intervening in Data InfrastructuresInvited seminar at Sciences Po Paris medialab, France, 19 April 2016 (with Jonathan Gray and Carolin Gerlitz).

The Rise of Data Journalism: The Making of Journalistic Knowledge through Quantification. Invited lecture at Sciences Po Paris, France, 5 April 2016 (with Jonathan Gray).

Ways of Seeing Data: Towards a Critical Literacy for Data Visualisations as Research Objects and Research Devices. Paper at the Digital Methods Winter School Conference, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, 14 January 2016 (with Jonathan Gray).

Towards a Literacy for Data InfrastructuresPaper at the Digital Methods Winter School Conference, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, 14 January 2016 (with Jonathan Gray and Carolin Gerlitz).

What Does a Good Digital Methods Project Look Like? Some Highlights from DMI Winter and Summer School 2015. Invited talk at the Digital Methods Winter School 2016, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, 11 January 2016.

From Telling Stories with Data to Telling Stories with Data Infrastructures: Repurposing Digital Methods and the Data Sprint for Data Journalism. Invited lecture at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, 7 January 2016.


Doing Social and Political Research in a Digital Age: An Introduction to Digital Methods. Invited lecture at the University of Ghent, Belgium, 4 December 2015.

Doing Social and Political Research in a Digital Age: An Introduction to Digital Methods. Invited lecture and seminar at the National Center of Competence in Research: Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century, University of Zurich, Switzerland, 5-6 November 2015.

Redistributing Journalism: Journalism as a Data Public and the Politics of Quantification in the Newsroom. Paper given at the Data Power Conference, University of Sheffield, UK, 22 June 2015.

Storytelling with Data Visualisation: An Introduction. Invited workshop given at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, 10 June 2015 (with Jonathan Gray).

Using Data for Science Journalism. Invited talk and workshop at the International School of Science Journalism, Erice, Italy, 10 May 2015 (with Jonathan Gray).

Follow the Networks: 
Open Data and Digital Methods for Journalism. Invited lecture at University of California Berkeley, US, 20 April 2015 (with Jonathan Gray).


Improving the Coverage of Complex Issues with Data Journalism and Digital Methods. Invited talk at the BBC Data Day, London, UK, 12 November 2014.

An Epistemological Experiment: Issue Mapping, Data Journalism and the Public Understanding of Complex Issues. Invited lecture at the Department of Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University, Netherlands, 27 October 2014 (with Jonathan Gray).

What Actor-Network Theory (ANT) and Digital Methods Can Do for Data Journalism Research and Practice. Invited lecture at Ghent University, Belgium, 21 October 2014.

Mapping Issues with the Web: An Introduction to Digital Methods. Invited talk at Columbia University, New York, US, 23 September 2014 (with Jonathan Gray).

Journalism in an Age of Big Data: What It Is, Why It Matters and Where to Start. Invited lecture and workshop at the European University Institute Boot Camp for Journalists: Tools for Better Reporting, Florence, Italy, 10 June 2014.

Connecting Data, Computation and Journalism: The Epistemological Models of The Guardian, The New York Times and ProPublica. Invited lecture and workshop at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, 16 May 2014.

Researching and Building the Practice of Data Journalism. Invited lecture at the Media Studies Department, University of Amsterdam, 4 March 2014.


Resources for Data Journalism at the European Journalism Centre and Open Knowledge. Presentation at the Open Government Partnership Summit, London, UK, 31 October 2013.

Data Journalism at the European Journalism Centre. Presentation at the Wikimedia Foundation, San Francisco, US, 23 March 2013.

Sourcing Practices in Data Journalism at The New York Times, The Guardian and ProPublica. Paper presented at the Right to Information and Transparency in the Digital Age: Policy, Tools and Practices Conference, Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, Stanford University, US, 12 March 2013.


Data Journalism Resources at the European Journalism Centre and Open Knowledge. Invited talk at the Mozilla Festival 2012, London, UK, 9 November 2012 (with Lucy Chambers).

Why Data Journalism is Something You Too Should Care About. Invited talk at The Big Clean Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, 3 November 2012.

How to Get Started with Data Journalism. Invited talk at PICNIC Festival, Amsterdam, 16 September 2012.

How to Get Started with Data Journalism. Invited talk at the Data.Journalism! Conference, Vienna, 14 June 2012.

The Data Journalism Handbook. Invited talk at the re:publica conference in Berlin, Germany, May 2012.

The Data Journalism Handbook: Version 0.1. Poster presented at the Information Design Conference 2012, London, UK, 12 April 2012. With Lulu Pinney.


Mapping the Abortion Debate on the Romanian Web. Paper given at the MIT 7 Unstable Platforms: The Promise and Peril of Transition Conference, MIT, Cambridge, MA, US, 14 May 2011.

What Are the Training Needs for Data Journalism? Preliminary Survey Results. Invited talk at the Open Knowledge Conference 2011, Berlin, Germany, 30 June 2011.


Multimodal and Conceptual Metaphors in Editorial Cartoons (October 2008) Representing the Global Financial Crisis. Paper given at the 8th conference of the Researching and Applying Metaphor International Association (RaAM) at VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands, July 2010.