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Silvia Majo-Vazquez

Silvia Majo-Vazquez

(DPhil, MSc,)

Research Fellow (Digital News Project)
Office Address:
13 Norham Gardens Oxford, OX2 6PS

Sílvia Majó-Vázquez is a communication researcher and Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. Her research areas include news audience behavior, digital news structure and the role of new and legacy media in the online news domain. In 2013, she joined the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (In3) at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya to work as a granted pre-doctoral researcher. As part of her dissertation, she studied how digital technologies are reconfiguring the news media ecology, borrowing tools from network science and using digital data.

She holds a PhD in Knowledge and Information Society, a M.Sc. in Political Analysis (UOC, 2013) and a Post Degree in Political Communication (UAB, 2005) and completed her undergraduate studies in Journalism at UAB in 2004. She speaks fluent English, Spanish and Catalan. During her Erasmus at the Political Science Faculty of Københavns Universitet in 2003, she studied Danish too. Her other interest include gender studies and the representation of women on the media and in the past, she has collaborated in several studies on this area funded by national and international NGOs.

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In 2015 and 2016, she was research fellow at DiMeNet group at Annenberg School for Communication at University of Pennsylvania. Jointly with professor Sandra González-Bailón, DiMeNet’s research leader and other colleagues, she is applying insights from network science to understand how people consume online information during major political events.

She has also collaborated with Democracy, Elections and Citizenship, a research group based at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). They have studied attitudes towards protest using Twitter and press data and applying a mixed methods approach, which includes data mining, automatic content processing and sentiment analysis. 

As a member of eGovernance: Electronic Administration and Democracy research group at In3, she worked on the publicly funded project Opinionet leaded by professor Ana S. Cardenal, her thesis supervisor. Their main goal was to study modes of exposure to political information online using browsing tracking data.

Prior to joint the In3, she was faculty member of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona where she taught classes in journalistic genres for undergraduates. Since 2011 and during three years, she worked at the Catalan Association of Journalists training senior communication professionals and journalist on digital skills. During that time, she also provided consultancy to private and public organizations on digital communication strategies. From 2005 to 2011 she worked as a communication officer at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Barcelona where she was responsible for the corporation’s communication digital strategy and speechwriter for the chairman.


Mukerjee, S., Majo-Vázquez, S., & Gonzalez-Bailon, S. (2017). Networks of audience overlap in the consumption of digital news. Forthcoming in Journal of Communication (2018) . Available at SSRN http://ssrn.com/abstract=3032609

Majó-Vázquez, S., Cardenal, A. S. and González-Bailón, S. (2017), Digital News Consumption and Copyright Intervention: Evidence from Spain Before and After the 2015 “Link Tax”. Journal of Computed-Mediated Communication, 22: 284–301. doi:10.1111/jcc4.12196 available: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jcc4.12196/abstract

Majo-Vazquez, S., Nurse, J. R., Simon, F., & Nielsen, R. K. (2017). Digital-Born and Legacy News Media on Twitter during the German Federal Election. Oxford, UK. Retrieved from: http://reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/sites/default/files/2017-10/20171030_RISJ_German_Factsheet_.pdf  

Majó-Vázquez, S., Zhao, J., & Nielsen, R. K. (2017). The Digital-Born and Legacy Media News Media on Twitter during the French Presidential Elections. Oxford, UK. Retrieved from: http://reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/sites/default/files/2017-07/Maj%C3%B3-V%C3%A1zquez%20-%20The%20Digital-Born%20and%20Legacy%20News%20Media%20on%20Twitter.pdf

Majó-Vázquez, S., Zhao, J., Nurse, J. R., & Nielsen, R. K. (2017). Digital-born and Legacy News Media on Twitter during the UK General Election. Oxford, UK. (forthcoming December)

Majo-Vázquez, S. Cardenal, A.S. Sagarra, O. Colomer, P. (2016) “Audience Brokers and News Discoverers: The Role of New Media in the Digital Domain”, Building a European Digital Space Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Internet, Law & Politics. Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, July, 2016. pp. 607-632

Majó-Vázquez, S., (2015) “A Network Analysis of Online Audience Behaviour: Towards a Better Comprehension of the Agenda Setting Process”. IDP. Revista de Internet, Derecho y Política. No. 20, pp. 61-74. UOC <http://journals.uoc.edu/index.php/idp/article/view/n20-majo/n20-majo-pdf-en> <http://dx.doi.org/10.7238/idp.v0i20.2599