Dr Farida Vis
Research Fellow in the Social Sciences
BA (Staffordshire University), PhD (Manchester Metropolitan University)
My Fellowship (2012-2015) is on the theme of ‘Big Data and Social Change’ and is centrally concerned with researching social media, crisis communication, data journalism, citizen engagement and discourses around Big Data. I am a founding member of Open Data Manchester and my data driven journalism work (for example on the future of allotments in the UK) has been published on The Guardian Data Blog and elsewhere in the mainstream media. I am a co-author on the Data Journalism Handbook, an innovative effort to address training and knowledge issues within the rapidly emerging field of data journalism. In the aftermath of the 2011 UK summer riots, I led the social media analysis on an academic team that examined 2.6 million riot tweets, part of the Guardian’s groundbreaking Reading the Riots project. The data visualization, built by The Guardian’s interactive team, accompanying this work, highlighting the spread of rumours on Twitter has won a Data Journalism Award at the inaugural ceremony for this new journalism award.
I am currently leading two projects in the area of open data, citizen engagement and a renewed interest in growing your own food: Everyday Growing Cultures (part of the EPSRC’s Communities and Cultures Network+) and The Cultural Values of Digging (part of the AHRC’s Cultural Value project).
I am interested in supervising PhD students in any area of social media research, crisis communication, data journalism as well as open data and Big Data issues.