The Social Media Lab is Pleased to Announce the Appointment of Dr. Felipe Bonow Soares as a Postdoctoral Fellow

The Social Media Lab at Ted Rogers School of Management is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Felipe Bonow Soares as a Postdoctoral Fellow.

Dr. Soares earned his PhD in Communication and Information from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil in 2020. While at UFRGS he was awarded a prestigious CAPES-PrInt scholarship to study in Canada. The scholarship is awarded to world-class doctoral students and professors in Brazil who have demonstrated leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement.

Dr. Soares research interests include online discourse, political communication, social media, and disinformation. He is well versed in social network analysis and is an emerging expert in computational social science. He has presented his work at various international conferences such as the International Conference on Social Media & SocietyAoIR and ICWSM. His scholarship has also appeared in highly regarded scholarly journals such as Social Media + Society and the Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review.

In his new role as a postdoctoral fellow at the Lab, Dr. Soares will be working on a SSHRC-funded initiative called “The Rise of Anti-Social Behaviour in Social Media” with an international team of researchers including Anatoliy Gruzd, Jaigris Hodson, Jenna Jacobson, Caroline Haythornthwaite, Hazel Kwon and Xinyue Ye. The project will use a mixed-methods approach that combines empirical data (self-reported and observed data) with novel agent-based modeling techniques to simulate and test the effects of anti-social acts across different online communities. The research is expected to contribute empirical evidence, theoretical support, educational toolkits, and technical solutions for researchers, practitioners, social media platforms, and policymakers to employ effective response mechanisms against this rising global problem.