Scholars

Thomas Marlow

New York University, Abu Dhabi
United States

Thomas Marlow is a post-doctoral researcher at the New York University Abu Dhabi campus Center for Interacting Urban Networks (CITIES). He received his Ph.D. in sociology from Brown University in 2020, and his work sits at the intersection of urban and environmental sociology with an emphasis on the use of computational and spatial techniques to utilize large sources of digital trace data. Thomas’s work on climate change employs computational methods to detect and characterize the role of automated social media accounts (bots) in the creation and maintenance of polarized online discourses about climate change.

Publications

Thomas Marlow, Sean Miller, & J. Timmons Roberts. 2020. “Twitter Discourses on Climate Change: Exploring Topics and the Presence of Bots,”

SocArXiv (February 2020).

Media Coverage

Thomas Marlow & J. Timmons Roberts’ research discussed by Oliver Milman. A Quarter of All Tweets about Climate Change Are Produced by Bots,” Grist. February 24, 2020.

Thomas Marlow & J. Timmons Roberts’ research discussed by Jack Turner. Study Finds 25% of Climate Change Tweets Come From Bots,” Tech.Co, February 24, 2020.

Thomas Marlow & J. Timmons Roberts’ research discussed by Oliver Milman. If You See a Tweet About the Climate Crisis, There’s a 1 in 4 Chance It’s a Bot,” Mother Jones. February 22, 2020.

Thomas Marlow & J. Timmons Roberts’s recent work covered by several international news organizations:
Study Finds Quarter of Climate Change Tweets from Bots,” BBC News, February 22, 2020.

Thomas Marlow & J. Timmons Roberts’ research discussed by James Cook. A Quarter of Tweets about Climate Change Are Written by Twitter Bots, Says Study,” The Telegraph, February 21, 2020.

Thomas Marlow & J. Timmons Roberts’ research discussed by Oliver Milman. Revealed: Quarter of All Tweets about Climate Crisis Produced by Bots,” The Guardian, February 21, 2020.