Willaert, Tom

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Tom Willaert is a postdoctoral researcher in digital methods at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB imec-SMIT and Brussels School of Governance). His research aims to bridge methodological gaps between data science and humanities interpretative practice, with a focus on methods for the analysis of online (mis)information. 


  • Articles
    Introduction The study of online conspiracy theory communities presents unique methodological challenges. Online conspiracy theorists often adhere to an individualistic knowledge culture of “doing one’s own research” (Fenster 158). This results in a decentralised landscape of theories, narratives and communities that challenges conventional top-down approaches to analysis. Moreover,...Read more