Brenda is a Data Scientist in the Creative Industries Faculty (School of Communication) and the Digital Media Research Centre at QUT. Her primary research interest is using interdisciplinary approaches to apply and develop digital methods. She has been investigating a range of approaches including looking at patterns in timeseries data, topic analysis, network analysis, image analysis and working with large scale social media data.

From 2015-2017 she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working with Professor Axel Bruns on his ARC Future Fellowship project: Understanding Intermedia Information Flows in the Australian Online Public Sphere. She is an Affiliated Researcher at the QUT Digital Media Research Centre.

As a PhD candidate at the Australian National University, Brenda initially explored the use of interactive multimedia in the communication of science, later changing her focus to investigate the use of social media to monitor public discussion of science through her thesis “Scanning the Science – Society Horizon: Using social media to monitor public discussion of science”.