Our Experts

Our analysts and researchers consistently feature in international media speaking on our areas of expertise focusing on mis- and disinformation, polarisation, hate and extremism. Search through ISD’s experts by clicking through our issue areas and regional focuses.

Kata Balint

Analyst

Kata Balint is an Analyst on ISD’s Digital Analysis Unit, where she supports research on malign influence operations, disinformation, conspiracy theories and hate speech online.

Aoife Gallagher

Analyst

Aoife Gallagher is an Analyst on ISD’s Digital Analysis Unit, focusing on the intersection between far-right extremism, disinformation and conspiracy theories.

Łukasz Janulewicz

Analyst

Łukasz Janulewicz is an Analyst at ISD, focusing on climate disinformation in Poland, Germany and the UK. His experience includes working in government, research and education in Germany, Poland and Hungary. He holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Kent.

Richard Kuchta

Analyst

Richard Kuchta is an Analyst on the ISD’s Digital Analysis Unit where he focuses on the research of elections, political communication online, hate-speech and disinformation.

Sasha Moriniere

Analyst

ISD Analyst Sasha Moriniere focuses on our research relating to disinformation campaigns, particularly those aimed to influence and disrupt the 2022 elections in France.

Ciarán O’Connor

Analyst

Ciarán is an Analyst at ISD that specialises in using open-source research to track and monitor disinformation and extremism online, with a particular focus on far-right activity and communication across open and closed networks and platforms.

Julia Smirnova

Analyst

Julia Smirnova is an Analyst at ISD and ISD Germany, focusing on proliferation of disinformation, conspiracy myths, hate speech and extremist ideologies online.

Elise Thomas 

Analyst, OSINT

Elise Thomas is an OSINT Analyst at ISD, with a background in researching state-linked information operations, disinformation, conspiracy theories and the online dynamics of political movements.

Julia Ebner

Senior Research Fellow

Julia Ebner's research focuses on the far-right, online radicalisation, hate speech, disinformation and conspiracy myths. Based on undercover research within extremist movements, she published two bestselling books that have been translated into multiple languages.