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  1. Marco Bastos

Dr Marco Bastos

Lecturer in Media and Communications

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Sociology

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



I'm a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at City, University of London where I teach media and communication theory and research methods. Previous to that I held research positions at the University of Sao Paulo, University of California at Davis, where I remain am an affiliate at the Data Science Initiative, and Duke University, where I am an affiliate of the Duke Network Analysis Center.

My work addresses sociological aspects of digital media with a substantive interest in the cross-effects between online and offline social networks. Methodologically, my research program brings together communication, internet studies, and computational social science. My work relies on R for statistical computing and the source code of my projects is available on CRAN and GitHub.



M.Sc. University of São Paulo (Brazil)
Ph.D. University of São Paulo (Brazil)
ABD Goethe University of Frankfurt (Germany)



• City, University of London (UK). Department of Sociology. Lecturer in Media and Communication & Associate Fellow of the Centre for Comparative Social Surveys. (08/16-Current)
• University of California, Davis (USA). Department of Environmental Science & Policy. Postdoc Employee at the Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior & Data Science Initiative Affiliate. (01/15-08/16)
• Duke University (USA). Franklin Humanities Institute. NSF EAGER Postdoctoral Fellow (Associate in Research) & Duke Network Analysis Center Affiliate. (10/13-01/15)
• London School of Economics and Political Science (UK). Department of Media and Communications. Postdoctoral visiting fellow. (07/12-07/13)
• Goethe University Frankfurt (Germany). Department of Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology. Lecturer (Lehrauftrag). (08/12-10/13)
• University of São Paulo (Brazil). Department of Journalism and Publishing. Postdoctoral researcher at the School of Arts and Communications. (03/11-09/13)





Chapters (5)

  1. Bastos, (2016). Digital Journalism and Tabloid Journalism. In Franklin, B. and Eldridge, S. (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Digital Journalism Studies ISBN 978-1-138-88796-1.
  2. Recuero, R., Zago, G. and Bastos, M.T. (2015). Twitter in political campaigns: The Brazilian 2014 presidential election. The Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics (pp. 518–530). ISBN 978-1-317-50655-3.
  3. Recuero, R., Zago, G. and Bastos, O rolezinho na mídia social: discurso e violência simbólica. A INSUSTENTAVEL LEVEZA DA WEB ISBN 978-85-232-1260-5.
  4. Bastos, Medium, Media, Mediação e Mediatização: A Perspectiva Germânica. MEDIAÇAO E MIDIATIZAÇAO ISBN 978-85-232-0955-1.
  5. Bastos, O sentido espectral da comunicação eletrônica. Cenários, teorias e epistemologias da comunicação Editora E-papers. ISBN 978-85-7650-112-1.

Conference Papers and Proceedings (5)

  1. Bastos, (2014). Bridging Structural Holes Scholarly Collaboration in Online Social Networks. .
  2. Bastos, (2014). Scholarly Collaboration in the HASTAC Social Network. .
  3. Bastos, M.T., Puschmann, C. and Travitzki, R. (2013). Tweeting across hashtags: Overlapping users and the importance of language, topics, and politics. .
  4. Bastos, M.T., Travitzki, R. and Puschmann, C. (2012). What Sticks with Whom? Twitter Follower-Followee Networks and News Classification. .
  5. Bastos, , Loosen, W., Sandvig, C., Puschmann, C., Schmidt, J.H., Kinder-Kurlanda, K. and Weller, K. Caught in a feedback loop? Algorithmic personalization and digital traces. Association of Internet Researchers Annual Conference (AoIR) Berlin.


  1. Bastos, (2014). The New York Times and Guardian Datasets.

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Journal Articles (22)

  1. Mercea, D., Karatas, D. and Bastos, M.T. (2017). Persistent Activist Communication in Occupy Gezi. Sociology pp. 003803851769506–003803851769506. doi:10.1177/0038038517695061.
  2. Puschmann, C., Bastos, M.T. and Schmidt, J.H. (2017). Birds of a feather petition together? Characterizing e-petitioning through the lens of platform data. Information Communication and Society, 20(2), pp. 203–220. doi:10.1080/1369118X.2016.1162828.
  3. Bastos, M.T., Zago, G. and Recuero, R. (2016). A endogamia da Comunicação: redes de colaboração na CSAI. Revista FAMECOS, 23(2), pp. 21459–21459. doi:10.15448/1980-3729.2016.2.21459.
  4. Mercea, D. and Bastos, M.T. (2016). Being a Serial Transnational Activist. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 21(2), pp. 140–155. doi:10.1111/jcc4.12150.
  5. Bastos, M.T. and Mercea, D. (2016). Serial activists: Political Twitter beyond influentials and the twittertariat. New Media and Society, 18(10), pp. 2359–2378. doi:10.1177/1461444815584764.
  6. Bastos, M.T. (2015). Shares, Pins, and Tweets News readership from daily papers to social media. JOURNALISM STUDIES, 16(3), pp. 305–325. doi:10.1080/1461670X.2014.891857.
  7. Recuero, R., Zago, G., Bastos, M.T. and Araujo, R. (2015). Hashtags Functions in the Protests Across Brazil. SAGE Open, 5(2) . doi:10.1177/2158244015586000.
  8. Bastos, M.T., Mercea, D. and Charpentier, A. (2015). Tents, Tweets, and Events: The Interplay Between Ongoing Protests and Social Media. Journal of Communication, 65(2), pp. 320–350. doi:10.1111/jcom.12145.
  9. Puschmann, C. and Bastos, M. (2015). How digital are the digital humanities? An analysis of two scholarly blogging platforms. PLoS ONE, 10(2) . doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0115035.
  10. Bastos, M.T. (2015). Outcompeting Traditional Peers? Scholarly Social Networks and Academic Output. 2015 48TH HAWAII INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SYSTEM SCIENCES (HICSS) pp. 2043–2052. doi:10.1109/HICSS.2015.244.
  11. Da Silva Zago, G., Da Cunha Recuero, R. and Bastos, M.T. (2015). Who retweets whom: The role of activists, celebrities and press during #protestosbr on Twitter. Observatorio, 9(3), pp. 67–83.
  12. Recuero, R., Bastos, M.T. and Zago, G. (2014). Narrative and violence: the Brazilian Autumn coverage on Twitter. Matrizes, 8(2), pp. 191–191. doi:10.11606/issn.1982-8160.v8i2p191-217.
  13. Recuero, R., Zago, G. and Bastos, M.T. (2014). O discurso dos #ProtestosBR: análise de conteúdo do Twitter. Galáxia (São Paulo), 14(28), pp. 199–216. doi:10.1590/1982-25542014217911.
  14. Bastos, M.T., Recuero, R.D.C. and Zago, G.D.S. (2014). Taking tweets to the streets: A spatial analysis of the vinegar protests in Brazil. First Monday, 19(3) . doi:10.5210/fm.v19i3.5227.
  15. Bastos, M.T. (2014). Digital notation and spectral meaning. International Journal of Applied Systemic Studies, 5(3), pp. 177–189. doi:10.1504/IJASS.2014.064060.
  16. Bastos, M.T. and Zago, G. (2013). Tweeting News Articles. SAGE Open, 3(3), pp. 215824401350249–215824401350249. doi:10.1177/2158244013502496.
  17. Bastos, M.T. (2013). A cultural form for the technological society. Matrizes, 7(1), pp. 193–193. doi:10.11606/issn.1982-8160.v7i1p193-195.
  18. Bastos, M.T., Raimundo, R.L.G. and Travitzki, R. (2013). Gatekeeping Twitter: Message diffusion in political hashtags. Media, Culture and Society, 35(2), pp. 260–270. doi:10.1177/0163443712467594.
  19. Bastos, M.T. (2012). Public Opinion Revisited: The propagation of opinions in digital networks. Journal of Arab & Muslim Media Research, 4(2), pp. 185–201. doi:10.1386/jammr.4.2-3.185_1.
  20. Bastos, M.T. (2011). Transmission, commnion, communicaation. Matrizes, 3(2), pp. 243–243. doi:10.11606/issn.1982-8160.v3i2p243-248.
  21. Bastos, M.T. (2011). The diver and the surfer. Matrizes, 5(1), pp. 261–261. doi:10.11606/issn.1982-8160.v5i1p261-266.
  22. Bastos, M. (2011). Entreaberto-Entrefechado: herança maldita do conceito de comunicação. Fronteiras – estudos midiáticos, 13(1), pp. 3–10. doi:10.4013/fem.2011.131.01.


  1. Travitzki, R., Bastos, and Raimundo, R. (2014). Tweet-Mine. Patent no. BR5120130004519

Software (2)

  1. Bastos, and Puschmann, C. (2016). GuardianR: The Guardian API Wrapper. CRAN: CRAN.
  2. Bastos, (2016). SocialMediaMineR: A Social Media Search and Analytic Tool. CRAN: CRAN.

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