My research is currently looking into how people argue on the world wide web, particularly on different types of social media. There has been a lot of work done in the areas of formal and logical argumentation, but if you've ever seen the comments section of YouTube or a full blown Twitter-storm, then you'll know that people often aren't very formal or logical.

My aim at the moment is to create a novel means of capturing the way people argue online right now - hopefully this will allow for future work into examining (and even potentially modifying) these modes of behaviour, and tackling online abuse.


  • Overview and Preliminary work [Video] [Slides]
  • WAIS Seminar: Argumentation Pecha Kucha [Video]
  • WAISFest: Yarncraft [Video]
  • WAIS Seminar: Thesis in Thirty Minutes [Video] [Slides]


  • An Ontology for Argumentation on the Social Web: Rhetorical Extensions to the AIF, Computational Models of Argument 2016 [Paper]
  • Yarncraft: location aware narratives in virtual space, Narrative and Hypertext 2016 [Paper]
  • Lore v. Representation: Narrative Communication of Power with Regard to Gender in League of Legends, Narrative and Hypertext 2016 [Paper]
  • An Investigation into the Use of Logical and Rhetorical Tactics within Eristic Argumentation on the Social Web, Hypertext and Social Media 2015 [Paper] [Slides]
  • On the Role of Avatars in Argumentation, Narrative and Hypertext 2015 [Paper] [Slides]
  • Towards Modelling Dialectic and Eristic Argumentation on the Social Web, Computational Models of Natural Argument 2014 [Paper] [Slides]