Professor Lorenzo-Dus’s research focusses on the 'dark side' of social media, working to help combat individuals and groups looking to deceive, manipulate, exploit and incite violence. The research programme that Professor Lorenzo-Dus leads is called Developing Resilience against Online Grooming (DRaOG). She works with a team of linguists, criminologists, computer scientists and in partnership with law enforcement agencies and charities internationally. As part of the DRaOG programme they are identifying the manipulative tactics that adults use when seeking to sexually groom minors online, and – most importantly - using the results of this research to develop individual and social resilience against it.
Episode 13: Online Child Sexual Grooming: How can we develop social resilience to combat it?
Nuria is a professor in language and communication and leader of all Postgraduate Research matters at Swansea University. She first did a joint degree in English and German Language at Valencia University, in Spain and then went on to postgraduate studies at Cardiff University, focusing in her Masters and PhD on how people construct their identities in the media. Originally, she examined broadcast media but now concentrates on the ‘dark side’ of social media, working to help combat individuals and groups looking to deceive, manipulate, exploit and incite violence. Specifically, she examines the communication tactics that they use: the words they use, the images they post etc.