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Third ‘Space for Sharing’ Advisory Panel Meeting - Posted 8th March 2017

The third Advisory Panel meeting for the Space for Sharing project was hosted by the University of Sheffield Information School on Friday 3rd February 2017. As well as providing an environment for Advisory Panel and Project Team Members to discuss individual Research Area developments & the emerging cross-cutting themes it also gave Members an opportunity to view the Space for Sharing exhibition. The exhibition, along with a specially commissioned ‘Space for Sharing’ play (performed by Dead Earnest Theatre), will be available to view as part of the end of project conference which will be taking place on 10th May 2017 at the Wellcome Trust, London. To reserve a place at the conference please email the Project Manager ( Dead Earnest: Wellcome Trust, London:

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Space for Sharing Conference - Posted 8th March 2017

The ‘Space for Sharing’ project conference will take place on Wednesday 10th May 2017 at the Wellcome Trust in London. The conference is an opportunity for team members and stakeholders to come together, discuss the project outcomes and learn how they add value to specific areas of activity; it brings together all project Research Areas, exploring the emergent cross-cutting themes & how developing technologies can support interactions in online spaces. The Space for Sharing exhibition and play (performed by Dead Earnest Theatre) will also be in London for the conference day, each providing different perspectives on the project. To reserve your place at the conference please email the Project Manager (

Venue Address:
183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE
Nearest train station: London Kings Cross / London St Pancras
More information on the venue website:
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Photographic Exhibition at Sheffield Winter Gardens - Posted 28th October 2016

As part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, the project is hosting a photographic exhibition in Sheffield Winter Gardens featuring a series of powerful photographic images by photographer Anton Want, and quotations illustrating initial findings from the project. The The event will be opened by Professor Gill Valentine, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield. Event Details: Monday 31st October – Friday 11th November Winter Gardens, 90 Surrey Street, Sheffield S1 2LH (Opening hours Monday to Saturday 8am to 8pm, Sunday 8am to 6pm)

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‘Going through it’: computational social science collaboration and social media research on emotional distress - Posted 11th March 2016

As part of our research on digital outreach and emotional distress on social media, we’ve been finding ways to collaborate with our computer science colleagues at Kings College London. The focus of our work is on how empathy and trust … Read more..

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Second Space for Sharing Advisory Panel Meeting - Posted 5th February 2015

The second Space for Sharing Advisory Panel Meeting took place in Sheffield on Friday 29th January 2016. The meeting was well attended and we were very fortunate to welcome 7 members from the Advisory panel to the meeting which led to some great discussions between Researchers and Advisory Panel members.

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A Shared Space and a Space for Sharing/Tinder Foundation Workshop - Posted 24th November 2015

On 10th November 2015, A Shared Space and a Space for Sharing project and Tinder Foundation a held joint workshop at the University of Sheffield to discuss the initial findings from the project. The event was organised as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences and was designed to find out how Tinder Foundation and its local and national partners use online health forums among digitally excluded people. The workshop was well attended with 22 representatives from 16 UK online centres from across the country, as well representatives from Big White Wall, Mind, Carers Trust, and Carers UK. Professor Peter Bath and James Richardson of Tinder Foundation co-authored a blog about the event.

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Building Trust & Sharing Health Information Online - Posted 13th October 2015

As part of the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences, Professor Peter Bath has organised an event titled ‘Building Trust & Sharing Health Information Online’. The event will discuss how people with life-threatening illnesses share information online and how people trust … Read more..

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“So it’s a bit of a tightrope walking at the moment”: moderation and online illness forums - Posted 25th September 2015

As part of our research area, we’ve been interviewing forum moderators and asking them about their experiences of moderation. Their accounts are peppered with references to traversing fine lines, balancing acts, dealing in trade-offs and generally finding themselves betwixt and … Read more..

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Article published in The Conversation - Posted 27th July 2015

Peter Bath and Julie Ellis from the Life-threatening, life-shortening, and long-term conditions research area have had an article published in The Conversation – entitled ‘Save your outrage: online cancer fakers may be suffering a different kind of illness‘, the full article can be viewed here:

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2014 Balkan Floods & Tvitomanija – One Year On - Posted 8th July 2015

In May 2014 unprecedented floods hit the Western Balkans. Particularly stricken was the Sava River basin area causing over sixty deaths and large scale destruction in northern Bosnia, eastern Croatia and western Serbia. Nevertheless numerous reports speak of local people … Read more..

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Studying online drug culture: some reflections on method - Posted 10th June 2015

This post is a brief discussion of the methods adopted for the Illicit Drug Use research area, which is concerned with the online drug culture within which the use of such drugs is discussed and debated and knowledge and experience … Read more...


ISHIMR 2015 Conference - Posted 8th June 2015

Peter Bath from the Life-Threatening, Terminal and Chronic Illnesses research area will be presenting at the 17th International Symposium on Health Information Management Research (ISHIMR 2015) on 25th and 26th June 2015, the focus being “Health Informatics for Enhancing Health and Well-Being”:

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Emotional Geographies International - Posted 5th June 2015

Julie Brownlie and Frances Shaw from the Emotional Distress research area will be delivering a paper at the Emotional Geographies International conference in June 2015:


Scottish Graduate Summer School - Posted 5th June 2015

Julie Brownlie and Frances Shaw from the Emotional Distress research area will be speaking at the documentary analysis day event at the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science Summer School on 8th June 2015:


ISRF Workshop: Social Science as Communication - Posted 5th June 2015

Frances Shaw from the Emotional Distress research area spoke at Social Science as Communication, the annual event of the Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) on 2nd June 2015: .

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Contemporary Drug Problems Conference - Posted 27th May 2015

Dave Boothroyd and Sarah Lewis from the Illicit Drug Use research area will be delivering a paper at the Contemporary Drug Problems Conference in Lisbon 16-18 September 2015.

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Advisory Panel Meeting - Posted 2nd Feb 2015

The first meeting of the Advisory Panel for the project took place on 23rd January 2015.