Sophie received her PhD from Murdoch University in 2014. Her thesis was on a longitudinal and comparative study of financial news standards during three boom and bust periods. Her research interests lie in the broad intersections between news, the public, politics and the economy.
Since completing her PhD she has been researching at City University London on: the decline in public trust in media and secular institutions and how this might be remedied by the financial news media; and the narrative of austerity that has been popular since the global financial crisis and finds an antecedent in the 1929 great depression.
She is currently Lecturer in Journalism at Middlesex University. She is also part of two research projects at Cambridge University, looking into developments in freedom of expression post the Arab Spring and attacks on Charlie Hebdo.