Oliver is a researcher specialising in analysis of online forums. Alongside interning at CASM he is currently completing a PhD at the Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London. His research looks at how online amateur communities form around shared interests in science. He has experience with developing web scrapers using Python and SQL, and in the use of unsupervised word clustering software such as Iramuteq. Wider research interests include the role of emotion in online discourse.
Prior to his PhD Oliver completed undergraduate and Master’s degrees in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge, writing his dissertation on Carl Sagan, Richard Feynman, and the role of scientific celebrities. Since 2012 he has been blogging about science and social research at SidewaysLookAtScience. He has also been involved in various research communication projects including the Global Lab podcast and Bright Club stand-up comedy nights.