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Jon Roozenbeek

Jon Roozenbeek


Darwin College

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My PhD dissertation looks at media and identity construction in the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk “People’s Republics” in eastern Ukraine. By making use of a variety of qualitative and quantitative research methods, I examine how both print and internet media are used to project identity markers to both local residents and the international community.

In addition to this, I work with the Department of Psychology on developing new ways to counter misinformation online. We use gamification to confer pre-emptive resistance against common misinformation techniques. One example of this is Bad News, an online game in which people take on the role of fake news creator.

Academic Publications: 

  • Roozenbeek, J., & Van der Linden, S. (2019). ‘Fake news game confers psychological resistance against online misinformation’. Palgrave Communications 5(12). Doi: 10.1057/s41599-019-0279-9
  • Roozenbeek, J., & Van der Linden, S. (2018). ‘The Fake News Game: Actively Inoculating Against the Risk of Misinformation.’ Journal of Risk Research, Doi: 10.1080/13669877.2018.1443491
  • Roozenbeek, J., & Salvador Palau, A. (2017). ‘I Read It on Reddit: Exploring the Role of Online Communities in the 2016 US Elections News Cycle’. Proceedings of the 2017 International Conference on Social Informatics, pp. 192-220.
  • Roozenbeek, J., & Terentieva, M. (2017). ‘Attention Please! - Exploring Attention Management on Wikipedia in the Context of the Ukrainian Crisis.’ Proceedings of the 2017 International Conference on Social Informatics, pp. 169-191.

Conference Papers

  • Roozenbeek, J. (2019). ‘Inoculating against extremist recruitment’. BX Arabia 2019, Beirut, 12-13 April 2019.
  • Roozenbeek, J. (2019). ‘Psychological “vaccinations” against fake news’. OPEN Conference, Oxford, 11-12 March 2019.
  • Roozenbeek, J. (2018). ‘Media, conflict and identity in Donbas after 2014’. Association for Borderlands Studies 2nd World Conference, Vienna & Budapest, 10-14 July 2018.
  • Roozenbeek, J. (2018). ‘Legislation and Media Freedom in the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics’. Media War and Conflict Journal 10th Anniversary Conference CfP, Florence, 22-23 May 2018.
  • Roozenbeek, J. (2018). ‘Applying Behavioral Insights and Nudge to Education: the Fake News Game’. Behavioral Economics and Nudge in the Arab Region, Beirut, 11-12 May 2018.
  • Roozenbeek, J. (2018). ‘Evolving Discourses in DNR and LNR media’. BASEES Annual Conference, Cambridge, 13-15 April 2018.
  • Roozenbeek, J. (2016). ‘A Little Drop of Poison: the use of fear in Russian and Ukrainian media during two weeks of the 2014 Ukrainian crisis’. 2016 RIDRU conference “Language and Culture in Post-Maidan Ukraine: Transformations at Work”, Alberta (given online), 26-27 October 2016.


  • 2019 IRC SRI SRN Small Grants Award, University of Cambridge
  • 2018 WhatsApp Research Award for Social Science and Misinformation, WhatsApp Inc.
  • 2018 ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (ESRC-IAA), ESRC
  • 2016 PhD Studentship award, CEELBAS Centre for Doctoral Training & University of Cambridge

Languages (in addition to English)

Dutch (native), German (fluent), Swedish (fluent), Russian (fluent), Portuguese (proficient), Spanish (proficient), Ukrainian (acquiring proficiency).