Wright, S. (2017) Third Spaces and Political Talk, University of Canberra.
Wright, S. (2016), ‘Guardian Comment Fields: The Web we Want?, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich (Institute for Communication and Media).
Wright, S., Graham, T., Trott, V. and Lukamto, W. (2016) Comparing Everyday Election Talk in Political and Non-Political Online Spaces. University of Sydney.
Wright, S. (June 2016) The Impact of Super-participants on Political Talk. Re/Constructing Politics through Social & Online Media. Stockholm
Graham, T., Jackson, D. and Wright, S. Super-Participation" and Everyday Political Talk Online. ECREA Communication and Democracy Section Conference “Political Agency in the Digital Age” 9-10 October 2015, Copenhagen.
Graham, T. Jackson, D. and Wright, S. (2015) Politics, Emotion and Protest Workshop, Bournemouth University (9-10 July).
(October 2014) "From Talk to Action? ‘Third Space’ and political organising". New Forms of Digital Communication and Political Organization Workshop. University of Canberra (Institute for Governance & Policy Analysis). Canberra, Australia.
(October 2013) “Public Engagement and Political Communication Online”, Wilton Park (FCO) Central Communist Party School Seminar: New Media and a digital age: The opportunities for public service delivery. Talk at Communist Party School and British Embassy, Beijing, China.
September 2013) “A Normalised Revolution? Incremental Change and Political Institutions” International Workshop on Political Online Communication in an International Perspective, Berlin, Germany.
(June 2013) “New Spaces for Political Discourse” Online Political Participation and its Critics, International Symposium of the DEL Research Network. Paris, France.
(May 2013) “Third Space and Networks: a critical evaluation of everyday blogs”. Network and Society Symposium. Brunel University, London.
(December 2012) Debating the New Agenda for Online Deliberation (response: Giles Moss, Leeds) DEL Research Network, Université Paris Est (Paris XII).
(November 2012) 'Super Participation' in Online 'Third Spaces': New Agenda, New Method", University of Manchester.
(September 2011) “Analysing political arguments online: flames, friends and facilitation”. Research symposium. Lisbon, Portugal (invited talk – with Todd Graham).
(March 2011) “Online Deliberation at a Cross-Roads”, l'Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France.
(March 2011) “Shaping Policy Using Digital channels”, e-Government: better services, better democracy?. Wilton Park Dialogues, British Embassy, Athens. Programme available here:
(November 2009) Roundtable panelist: “Maintaining the Online Consultation Network”, speaker and chair, Center for Technology in Government, SUNY, University at Albany, USA (NSF-funded).
(April 2009) “Online Consultation and the Digital Divide”, International Symposium on Electronic Democracy: Towards New Forms Of Governance? Issues and Experiences. Science Po, Paris, France.
(November 2008) International Working Group on Online Consultation and Public Policy-making, George Washington University, and the Aspen Institute, USA (NSF-funded).
(June 2008) “Local Political Parties and Political Blogs: implications”, The Future of Political Parties in Local Government. ESRC research seminar series – held DEMOS, London.
(April 2008) “Political Campaigning and Councillors’ Blogs”, International Working Group on Online Consultation and Public Policy-making, Ohio State University, USA (funded by Mershon Centre and OSU).
(October 2007) International Working Group on Online Consultation and Public Administration, Leeds University.
(April 2007) International Working Group on Online Consultation and Public Administration, Harvard University, USA.
(2006) “Moderating Government-run Online Discussion Forums: UK experiences”, Online Consultation Centre of Expertise, Public Works and Government Services, Quebec, Canada.
(2006) “10 Years of E-democracy in the UK”, Société Française des Sciences de l'Information et de la Communication (SFSIC), Paris, France.
(2004 – with Ruth Wodak) ‘Communicating in new public spaces: The website “Europa” and its implications’, British Association of Applied Linguistics Annual Conference (Plenary Address).
(20-24 May) Everyday Political Talk and Political Action. International Communication Association. San Juan, Puerto Rico.
(30march-1 April 2015) Third Space and Formal Politics: consultations, web-chats and data-mining, Political Studies Association, Sheffield, England.
(12-15 November 2014) From online third spaces to political action: Everyday political talk and civic engagement in times of austerity. A paper presented at the 5th European Communication Research and Education Association Conference, Lisbon, Portugal.
(23-24 September 2014) Everyday political talk and political/consumer action: An analysis of three online 'third spaces'. A paper presented at the International Workshop Siegen 2014: The New Politics of Lifestyles. Consumer Participation On-/Offline, Siegen, Germany.
(September 2013) “Blogging the Political”, American Political Science Association Annual Conference (APSA), Chicago, Il.
(9-11 July 2014) From online 'third spaces' to political action: Everyday political talk and civic engagement in times of austerity. A paper presented at the ANZCA Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
(10-12 October 2013) Online third spaces and political action: Not just talking the talk? A paper presented at the ECREA Communication and Democracy Section Conference: (Mis)understanding Political Participation, Munich, Germany.
(25-29 June 2013) The ‘crisis of capitalism’ in everyday talk: An analysis of three online ‘third spaces’. A paper presented at the IAMCR, 2013 Conference Dublin: Crises, ‘Creative Destruction’ and the Global Power and Communication Orders, Dublin, Ireland.
(19-20 June 2013) International Symposium of the DEL Research Network: Online Political Participation and Its Critics, Paris, France.
(8-11 May 2013) What's readers' comments got to do with it? The role of journalism in the age of social media. A paper presented at the ESF Exploratory Workshop: Mapping the Digital News Ecosystem: Professional Journalism, New Producers and Active Audiences in the Digital Public Sphere, Barcelona, Spain.
24-27 October 2012) Discursive equality and everyday online political talk: The impact of “superparticipants”. A paper presented at the 4th European Communication Research and Education Association Conference (ECREA), Istanbul, Turkey.
(October 2012) Discursive equality and everyday online political talk: The impact of super-participants. (with Todd Graham) 13th Annual International and Interdisciplinary Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR), University of Salford.
(12-13 July 2012) Discursive equality and everyday (political) talk online: The impact of “super-participants". A paper presented at the OII SDP Alumni Conference, Oxford, England.
(10 November 2011) Discursive equality and everyday online political talk: The impact of 'super-participants'. A paper presented at the CODE (Comparing Online Democracy and Elections) Workshop on Digital Methods: Tools for Analysis, Manchester, England.
(1-2 September 2011) “Super-participation”: Volume and impact on political argument. A paper presented at the International Colloquium 'Argumentation in Political Deliberation', Lisbon, Portugal.
(20-21 May 2011) User generated content, journalism and the public sphere: The case of comment fields at the Guardian. A paper presented at the CMCS Political Communication Conference, Rome, Italy.
(April 2011) Downing Street E-petitions: enhancing political communication and democracy?, Political Studies Association, London.
(January 2011) In Praise of Third Spaces: political deliberation non-political arenas, Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association Annual Conference, Salford.
(November 2010) Politics as Usual? Revolution, normalisation and a new agenda for online deliberation, International Political Science Association: Joint International Conference on Political Communication. Loughborough University.
(July 2010) Politics as Usual? Towards a new Agenda for Online Deliberation, Fourth International Conference on Online Deliberation, Leeds.
(April 2008) Politics as Usual? A Critique of the Normalisation Hypothesis, Web 2.0: an international conference, Royal Holloway, University of London.
(September 2007) Political Blogs and the concept of representation, European Consortium of Political Researchers (ECPR) Annual Conference, Pisa, Italy.
(April 2007) Blogging Local Democracy, Political Studies Association Annual Conference, Bath (organised 3 panels).
(2005) Democracy, Deliberation and Design: the Case of Online Discussion Forums, American Political Science Association Annual Conference, Washington DC, USA.
(2005) Moderating Censorship? The Role of the Moderator: Problems and Possibilities, Online Deliberation, Stanford University, USA.
(2005) Virtually Debating the European Constitution, ECPR Joint Sessions, Granada, Spain.
(2005) Democracy, Deliberation and Design: the case of online discussion forums, Political Studies Association Annual Conference, Leeds.
(2004) Your Voice: the future? Europa, the Democratic Deficit and Online Discussion Boards, Voice and Citizenship: Re-thinking Theory and Practice in Political Communication, University of Washington, Seattle, USA.
(2003) “A ‘two-way link between government and people?’ Evidence from government discussion boards”, ECPR Joint Sessions, Edinburgh (Nominated for the Wildenmann Award for best paper).
The 2010 General E-lection, UEA London (June 2010).
Media and British Politics Lecture Series (grant from the Alumni Fund, led by John Greenaway) (2008)
“Can E-democracy Re-engage the Public? De Montfort University” (2005)