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Jodie Luker

Jodie Luker

Research student

School of Social Sciences

Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WA


I am currently a final year PhD student in the School of Social Sciences (SOCSI), Cardiff University. My PhD is provisionally titled: 'Exploring the Impact and Harms of Online Abuse toward LGB+ Victims'. I am specifically interested in how much hate manifests online and how words/language 'cause' harm. My skills are primarily in statistical analyis and data management techniques. This spans a multitide of analysis techniques, including regression, longitudinal analysis and multi-level modelling. I also have experience in using 'big data'. At present, I am analysing multiple high-quality data sources and writing-up my thesis. 

My main area of research activity/interest is: 

  • Hate Speech (Cyberhate) and Extremism Online 


Collaboration Work:

  • Research Analyst: This role involves the management and statistical analysis of an action fraud database as part of a wider project with the West Midlands Police.
  • PhD Intern (Welsh Government): During my 3-month internship, I explored the Societal Changes during the Covid-19 Pandemic using the Understanding Society Study. 
  • Galop: Galop the LGBT+ anti-violence charity and I have a long-standing collaborative relationship. Most notably they provided access to their Speak Out Survey which the full analysis of is included in my PhD theiss.


Exploring the Prevalence Harm(s) of Online Abuse toward LGB+ Victims

My thesis explores the prevalence and harm(s) of online anti-LGB+ hatred. Through the statistical analysis of multiple high-quality survey data, my reseach highlights the often severe and long-lasting impact(s) of online hatred directed towards individuals based on their sexuality. 

Thesis submission deadline: January 2025. 

Funding sources

ESRC Studentship 



  • SI0268 Criminological Inquiries (1st Year)
  • SI0297 Social Research Methods (Quantitative) (2nd Year)
  • SI0266 Analysing Social Change (3rd Year) 


Summary of Key Achievements: 

  • Distinction in Social Science Research Methods (Criminology) MSc. 
  • First Class Honours in Social Analytics BSc. 

Professional memberships

I am currently a member of the Bryman's Social Science Research Methods 'Learn from experience' panel. As a panellist, I have provided my own insights on various aspects of social research methods to help inspire, reassure and guide the readers of the upcoming 6th edition of Bryman's Social Science Research Methods. Some of my comments are featured in the chapters of this bestselling, globally-popular text. I am also the author of the SPSS, R and Stata resources that accompany the book. 

Academic positions

  • 2019 - present: PhD Researcher, Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University.


Luke Sloan

Luke Sloan

Academic Partner for Student Voice and Engagement

Matthew Williams

Matthew Williams

Chair in Criminology - School of Social Sciences, Director - ESRC Social Data Science Lab, Director - ESRC HateLab