Bio

Viktoria Spaiser is an Associate Professor in Sustainability Research and Computational Social Science at the School of Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds. She earned her PhD at the Bielefeld University in 2012 and worked for three years as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Future Studies Stockholm and the Department of Mathematics, Uppsala University in Sweden. She joined the University of Leeds in August 2015. Since October 2021 she is a holder of the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship. She is currently working on social and political solutions for climate change mitigation, specifically she is researching emerging normative change (change in what we as society think is morally and socially acceptable) in response to the climate crisis, triggered by climate protest movements and to what extent the normative change can diffuse within society contributing to wider social change. In my work I combine a range of data including social media data, smartphone-based field-experimental data, survey experiments data, interviews, open government data etc. and a range of analyses, including natural language processing, machine learning, social network analysis, agent-based modelling etc.