I started at the University of Cambridge in 2011, after finishing school in Cyprus. I began studying Medicine, but quickly realised that it wasn't for me, and switched into Natural Sciences, focussing on the History and Philosophy of Science. I graduated with a BA and MSci in 2015, having written my first Masters dissertation on the problem of moral responsibility when delegating medical decisions to cognitive computers.
I began an ESRC-funded PhD studentship at the University of Edinburgh the same year, first finishing an MSc before moving on at the end of 2016 to focus on my research subject, the construction of authority and expertise in online communities. I'm specifically working on the ways in which users in fitness and nutrition communities attempt to construct and negotiate knowledge in an area which is fraught with conflicting claims to expert status. My empirical work focuses on the paleo diet and lifestyle, and I'm interested in hearing from anyone who has tried paleo or has participated in paleo communities. I'm also keen to hear the stories of anyone who has tried other diets or fitness regimes which might not be considered "mainstream".
In addition to my thesis, I am involved as a research assistant on projects about social interactions on the Dark Net and understanding how people talk about suicide on Twitter. I also write for Quartz, primarily about the alt-right.
I also tutor students from GCSE to postgraduate level. I work in the School of Social and Political Sciences at Edinburgh, teaching Sociology and Social Policy.
During my undergraduate degree, I developed depression and began writing about my experiences with mental illness from late in 2012. I publish occasional updates in an attempt to explore my own condition and progress, as well as trying to contribute towards the destigmatisation of mental illness in academia and society more generally.
Whilst at Cambridge, I worked at the Cambridge Union, serving as President in Michaelmas term 2014. I spend much of my spare time travelling around the country (and sometimes the rest of the world) attending debating competitions.
If you're on this site, you may have been drawn here by YouTube videos of speeches I've given on the subject of freedom of speech and No Platform policies. I try not to get involved in these discussions anymore, but that doesn't prevent strangers from occasionally seeking me out on Facebook and sending me anonymous hate-mail.
I also pick heavy things up and put them down again.