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Social media in disasters

In the IMPROVER project, we're exploring how social media can be used to help build resilience against disasters.

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Open-Access Mega-Journals

We're investigating this emerging publishing trend which could reshape the academic publishing market and radically changing the nature and reach of scholarship. ​

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Picturing the Social

Picturing the Social

Using innovative methods and interdisciplinary approaches, we have developed a deeper understanding of the myriad roles social media images play in everyday use as well as in complex social phenomena like the refugee crisis.

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Our research themes

  • Social activism and citizen creativity
  • The political economic, social and cultural aspects of ‘big’ and open data
  • Innovating methods and theory for the study of social media
  • Digital scholarship and openness
  • Social media crowdsourcing during disasters
  • Digital media and sousveillance

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Funders and collaborators

Research carried out within this group is funded by a wide range of organisations

  • European Commission Horizon 2020 and Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)
  • Universities UK
  • Lis-Bibliometrics Forum
  • Leadership Foundation for Higher Education
  • Food Standards Agency (FSA)
  • MMRI Research