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Image of CoP23Researchers make climate change social at major United Nations event

In late 2017, Drs Warren Pearce and Suay Ozkula from the Department of Sociological Studies were invited to speak at the United Nations Climate Change conference, attended by international political leaders and activists, about how climate change is discussed on social media.

The world’s nations met in Bonn, Germany for the 23rd annual ‘Conference of the Parties’ (COP23), a major ten-day conference with the ultimate aim of halting global warming, from November 6 to 17, 2017.

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Image of Dr Kate DommettBlog: Digital technology is changing party politics, the interesting question is how

In a new blog post for Democratic Audit UK, Dr Kate Dommett, Director of the Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics at the University of Sheffield, writes it is evident from the 2017 general election that digital technology has been fully embraced by political parties and incorporated into campaigning strategies. It is also creating opportunities for satellite campaigns to mobilise citizens. Longer term, digital innovations have the potential to reshape the nature of engagement between citizens and parties, though these more fundamental changes are not yet being implemented.

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Image of 'Hack' sign at Facebook HQHelen Kennedy joins world leading digital experts at Facebook HQ for social research 'un-conference'

Professor Helen Kennedy was recently one of a small number of digital experts from around the world to be hand-picked to attend an exclusive social research event at Facebook’s headquarters in California, USA.

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Image of Social media illustrationBlog: The future of eating disorder content moderation

Ysabel Gerrard, Lecturer in Digital Media and Society, has written a blog post, published on UCLA's Department of Information Studies conference blog, about eating disorder content moderation on social networks.

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Image of hands typing on a laptopPhD studentship: Understanding media use in an age of big data

Deadline for applications: 8 June 2018.

This is a 4-year PhD which incorporates an MSc in Data Analytics. It is an excellent opportunity to develop research methods, data analysis and critical thinking skills while carrying out research with real-world applications.

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Events

Digital Geographies Symposium imageDigital Geographies Research Group Annual Symposium ‘Justice and the Digital’ July 2018

6 July 2018
The Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences (ICOSS), The University of Sheffield

The theme for the 2018 DGWG Symposium will be 'Justice and the Digital'. We will explore ideas including digital (in-)visibilities, voice/voicelessness online, data ethics and data justice, digital divides in access and affordability, uneven digital literacies, justice and inclusion in digitally mediated/smart cities, using digital forms of protest to address social and environmental (in-)justice, and many more. The event will bring together those working in all sub-disciplines of geography, interested in digital geographies. The day will feature exciting panels with high-profile researchers and practitioners as well as three participatory strands of talks, ‘digital shorts’ from members at all career stages, and discussions.

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