Dr Tracie Farrell

Research Associate

I am a social data scientist at the Open University, working on the topics of networked misogyny, discrimination and hate speech, as well as disinformation and misinformation. My work typically addresses inequality or intersectionality in the above themes. My background is in learning and cognition, with an interest in how new technologies (such as artificial intelligence, learning analytics, augmented reality, virtual reality, blockchains and peer-to-peer service architecture) create new ways of supporting the learning process (in both formal and non-formal environments).


online harm, misinformation, self-regulated learning, analytics for learning


Farrell, Tracie, Alani, Harith and Mikroyannidis, Alexander(2022). Mediating learning with learning analytics technology: guidelines for practice. Teaching in Higher Education (Early access).

Kwarteng, Joseph, Coppolino Perfumi, Serena,Farrell, Tracie and Fernandez, Miriam(2021). Misogynoir: Public Online Response Towards Self-Reported Misogynoir. In: ASONAM '21: Proceedings of the 2021 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, United States pp. 228–235.

Farrell, Tracie, Araque, Oscar,Fernandez, Miriam and Alani, Harith Farrell, Tracie ; Araque, Oscar; Fernandez, Miriam and Alani, Harith On the use of Jargon and Word Embeddings to Explore Subculture within the Reddit’s Manosphere. In: Proceedings: WebSci'20 pp. 221–230.

Burel, Grégoire, Farrell, Tracie and Alani, Harith(2021). Demographics and topics impact on the co-spread of COVID-19 misinformation and fact-checks on Twitter. Information Processing & Management, 58(6), article no. 102732.

Piccolo, Lara, Blackwood, Azizah C.,Farrell, Tracie and Mensio, Martino(2021). Agents for Fighting Misinformation Spread on Twitter: Design Challenges. In: CUI 2021 - 3rd Conference on Conversational User Interfaces, Association for Computing Machinery, New York, USA, article no. 33.

Piccolo, Lara S. G., Bertel, Diotima,Farrell, Tracie and Troullinou, Pinelopi(2021). Opinions, Intentions, Freedom of Expression, ... , and Other Human Aspects of Misinformation Online. In: CHI EA '21: Extended Abstracts of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 9-13 May 2021, Yokohama, Japan.

Piccolo, Lara, Puska, Alisson,Pereira, Roberto and Farrell, Tracie(2020). Pathway to a Human-Values Based Approach to Tackle Misinformation Online. In: Human-Computer Interaction. Human Values and Quality of Life. HCII 2020., Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol 12183, Springer, pp. 510–522.

Burel, Gregoire, Farrell, Tracie, Mensio, Martino, Khare, Prashant and Alani, Harith(2020). Co-Spread of Misinformation and Fact-Checking Content during the Covid-19 Pandemic. In: Proceedings of the 12th International Social Informatics Conference (SocInfo), LNCS.

Farrell, Tracie, Araque, Oscar,Fernandez, Miriam and Alani, Harith(2020). On the use of Jargon and Word Embeddings to Explore Subculture within the Reddit’s Manosphere. In: WebSci '20: 12th ACM Conference on Web Science, 6-10 Jul 2020, Southampton, UK, pp. 221–230.

Piccolo, Lara S. G., Joshi, Somya,Karapanos, Evangelos and Farrell, Tracie(2019). Challenging Misinformation: Exploring Limits and Approaches. In: Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2019 (Lamas, David; Loizides, Fernando; Nacke, Lennart; Petrie, Helen; Winckler, Marco and Zaphiris, Panayiotis eds.), Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer, pp. 713–718.




Artificial Intelligence and Data AnalysisHuman-Centred ComputingLearning and Multimedia Technologies


Accessibility, Inclusion, Ethics and Social Justice and Diversity

Citizen Empowerment, Politics and Government

Learning and Education

New Media and Society


Social Data Science Group (SDS)

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