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Mrs Kathie Treen

PhD student


I'm a final year PhD student supervised by Hywel Williams and Saffron O'Neill.  My topic is: "Online misinformation and climate change".  Whilst data science is central to this topic, the research is interdiscplinary, incorporating relevant research in quantitative social sciences, communications science and environmental politics.

During my PhD I have published a review paper on Online Misinformation about Climate Change ( and will shortly have a second paper published in Environmental Communication investigating climate discourse on Reddit. I am currently researching climate change on YouTube.

I have an MBA from Exeter and prior to that undertook a BSc Mathematics at Durham and an MSc in Operations Research at Lancaster.  In addition to my academic qualifications I have 15 years of industry experience working primarily in Reporting and Analyis / Operations in a range of organisations including QinetiQ, BAE Systems Detica, Amazon (Audible) and most recently Crowdcube.  

My dissertation for my MBA was titled Measuring the Business Benefits of Social Initiatives and was undertaken with Sony Europe and won the Hutton Prize for Excellence at Exeter.

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  • Treen K. (2023) Climate Change Communication and Misinformation on Social Media.



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