Dr Anthony Ridge-Newman

Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler -Albert Einstein

Exchange and Impact

Conferences and Lectures
Anthony regularly presents his work at international conferences, like the PSA and MeCCSA. He is a member of a number of expert groupings, including the PSA Media and Politics Specialist Group.

In 2016, Anthony was invited to give a presentation about the 2016 EU Referendum at the prestigious Stevenson Lectures, University of Glasgow. 
In 2015, he was invited to give a guest lecture at the School of Government, Plymouth University.

Knowledge Exchange 
Anthony has a track record in innovative knowledge exchange activities. 

2015-16, Anthony won knowledge exchange and Human Rights Network funds to host an international knowledge exchange event on Human Rights and Media, at University of Glasgow, It brought together experts from academia, churches, journalism, NGOs and politics. Anthony and his research assistants are
 in the process of developing high impact knowledge exchange outputs from the workshop. The event was attended by leading figures from the Scottish Parliament, Episcopal Church, Herald Newspaper and Amnesty International; and academic representatives from institutions in Copenhagen, Finland, Sweden and across the UK.

In 2015 and 2016, he was one of 80 scholars taking part in an innovative project which led to reports analysing the 2015 General Election and 2016 EU Referendum, respectively. The reports were launched at high profile events at the UK Parliament, a week after the polls. 

In 2015, Anthony was a member of an advisory committee along with other academics from institutions across Scotland, who developed a policy brief as part of a consultation process for the Scottish Parliament.
  

Outreach 
In 2009, Anthony created, led and implemented an interactive workshop called ‘Young People, Democracy and the Internet’. The workshop toured schools and colleges in the UK with the aim of disseminating his research through reaching-out to, and academically inspiring, 13-18 year old students.

The workshop was delivered through an interactive format, which included a
 BBC Question Time style debate. Over 30 collaborators from politics, business, media and academia participated and the project was featured on radio and in newspapers.

Following this project, Anthony wrote a piece about motivating and inspiring the next generation for the LSE Impact of Social Sciences blog. It was picked up by the Guardian’s Higher Education Network and they awarded the article with ‘Best of the Web’.

Impact 
Anthony's first book ‘Cameron’s Conservatives and the Internet’ (Palgrave Macmillan) is a good example of his research having social and economic impact. It has been used to inform the development of a new political social media platform, called Poldega. This impact case study was entered into the ESRC Impact Prize contest, 2016.

2015-16, Anthony engaged in a range of impact and knowledge exchange activities with
Poldega and its development company, Deep Blue Sky, Bath, UK. Subsequently, Anthony has a seat on the Polgega advisory board, which has led to further knowledge exchange activities. Poldega was launched in the run-up to the UK’s EU Referendum 2016.