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 combine the different disciplines I have previously studied, and an excellent way to bring novel approaches to parliamentary data. By using a quantitative methods, 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 both in and out of academia.

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 and primarily aims to effectively harness citizen input from large unstructured data generated automatically through social media. It is an interdisciplinary and collaborative project with the House of Commons which combines theories of public engagement, social science, and data science to understand what effect online engagement is having on Parliament and the public, and develop ways to maximise its impact. Applications of text mining and social network analysis are a core area of exploration.

This project is funded by an ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership Collaborative Award.