Paddy Smith

Paddy Smith


I am an ESRC funded Advanced Quantitative Methods PhD student in the School of Geography. My reserch principally investigates the spatial properties of social media networks, with a particular interest on role of social media influencers within local geographies. Methodoloigcally, I am developing expertise in the fields of multi-level modelling, social network analysis and large language models. I am part of a cohort of White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (WRDTP) students, on the Digital Technologies, Communication and Artificial Intelligence pathway. 

Research interests

My research interests are centered on the overlap between the online and offline, in particular the spatial properties of networks and actors. 


  • MSc Data Science with Politics and Policymaking, University of Strathclyde
  • BA Human Geography (Ind), University of Leeds