News and events

An archive of news and events associated with the Space for Sharing study.


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8.3.17 - Third ‘Space for Sharing’ advisory panel meeting

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.

8.3.17 - Space for Sharing conference

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.


28.10.16 - Photographic exhibition at Sheffield Winter Gardens 

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 event will be opened by Professor Gill Valentine, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield.

11.3.16 - ‘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. Read the article here.


5.2.15 - Second Space for Sharing advisory panel meeting

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.

5.2.15 - A Shared Space and a Space for Sharing/Tinder Foundation Workshop

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.

13.10.15 - Building trust and sharing health information online

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 others. Trust is very important among people with serious illnesses who share personal details online, how do people know who to trust and who not?

The event will take place on:

Date: Thursday 12th November 2015

Time: 18:30 – 20:30

Venue: Crucible Theatre, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield

More information about the festival can be found at:

25.09.15 - “So it’s a bit of a tightrope walking at the moment”: moderation and online illness forums

As part of our research on Life-threatening, life-shortening and long-term conditions, we’ve been interviewing forum moderators and asking them about their experiences of moderation. Read the article here.

27.07.15 - Article published in The Conversation

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:

8.7.15 - 2014 Balkan Floods and Tvitomanija – one year on

As part of our research on Disasters and humanitarian crises, we are investigating social media and online sharing of information, experiences and appeals for aid during international natural disasters or humanitarian crises. This new article looks at the 2014 Balkan Floods and Tvitomanija, on year later. Read the article here.

10.6.15 - Studying online drug culture: some reflections on method

This article 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 the article here.

8.6.15 - ISHIMR 2015 Conference

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”:

5.6.15 - Emotional Geographies International conference

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:

5.6.15 - Scottish graduate summer school

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:

5.6.15 - ISRF workshop: social science as communication

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: .

27.5.15 - Contemporary drug problems conference

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.

2.2.15 - Advisory panel meeting

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

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