Nicole Nisbett

Nicole Nisbett



I completed a BA in Linguistics from University College London (UCL) in 2015 and an MSc in Data Science and Analytics from The University of Leeds in 2017.

I have lived and worked around the world in Belgium, the Caribbean, Kenya, Namibia, and various parts of India, mainly in the charity and education sectors.

Outside of academia I have worked in the education sector, supporting distance learning students during their undergraduate and postgraduate studies. During my MSc I worked for a company addressing the potential hazards and safety concerns faced by women travelling for business, and the development of an eLearning suite.

What makes me passionate about my subject?

I found this particular research project to bring together the different disciplines I have previously studied, despite Linguistics and Data Science seeming to be from different worlds. By using a quantitative approach, I can tackle the research questions from a different angle and uncover trends that may be otherwise hidden.

The collaboration with the House of Commons also ensures the research remains current and practical, and will have a real impact in the future.

What are my plans once I have completed my PhD?

I am open to different career opportunities on completion of the PhD, but especially interested in public sector work and self-employment.

Research interests

This research tackles the assessment of the UK Parliament’s online public engagement activities. It will team quantitative data science techniques with theories of public engagement to understand the effect online engagement is having on Parliament and the public, and develop ways to maximise its impact. Applications of text mining and network analysis will be a core area of exploration.

This is a collaborative project working directly with the House of Commons and funded by the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership.