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Research making an impact


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 in Theory and Practice

We're investigating the relationship between theory and practice in the area of open access publishing and dissemination of research outputs.

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Picturing the Social

Critical Data Studies

Across a number of projects, we are examining the social drivers and implications of emergent data and algorithmic practices.

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Our research themes

  • Social activism and citizen creativity
  • The political economic, social and cultural aspects of ‘big’ and open data
  • Critical data/algorithm studies
  • Innovating methods and theory for the study of social media
  • Digital scholarship, openness and research on research
  • Social media crowdsourcing during disasters
  • Social media and well-being
  • Digital media and sousveillance
  • Self tracking

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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
  • Knowledge Exchange