Kirsty Styles

PhD Candidate

Kirsty is a journalist, campaigner, researcher and performer, advocating for good information, ethical technology and diverse leadership. Her career highlights include bringing ‘civictech’ stories to millions through business and consumer media, including working as an editor for the New Statesman, creating a flagship public speaker training programme for women in tech in the North, called Northern Voices, and launching a British Podcast Award-winning podcast for the New Economics Foundation think tank.
Recent work includes creating the Standup For Journalism comedy training and performance night, offering journalists a new way to talk about the public interest, and acting as a selection advisor for Nesta’s government-backed Future News Fund in early 2020. 

In 2019, she became the first PhD candidate supported by the World Association of News Publishers, where she’s looking at the environmental sustainability of the media – she also works at Open Data Manchester and is a journalism innovation lecturer at the University of Huddersfield.