Friday, 12 December 2014

NSMNSS event January 12th, London: Using social media for academic work - opportunities and challenges - book now

NSMNSS knowledge exchange event: Using social media for academic work - opportunities and challenges
Following on from the successful launch of our book of blogs on social media research, we will be holding a new knowledge exchange event on January 12th at NatCen in central London with two of the blog authors sharing their experiences of using social media for research. We're delighted to be joined by Dr Deborah Lupton, Centenary Research Professor at the University of Canberra, who is making a flying visit to the UK and also by Dr Luke Sloan from the COSMOS team at Cardiff University.

As well as the two main presentations there will be an opportunity for networking, lunch and the chance for you to share your research experiences in an open space forum where you can ask for advice and input on challenges or dilemmas you may be facing with your own research projects.

A draft agenda for the event is below; places are free but limited to 25 people so please book your place by clicking this link as soon as possible. 

If you would like to share your challenges, dilemmas or experiences on your own research during the informal open space session then email Kandy Woodfield at You won't need to prepare a presentation but we will ask you to talk about your research project or proposal and the issue you'd like input on for about 5 minutes.

Using social media for academic work - possibilities, benefits and risks
January 12th 2015, NatCen Social Research, 35 Northampton Square, London EC1V 0AX

10am             Arrival, tea & coffee and networking

10.30am       Using social media for academic work
Dr Deborah Lupton (@DALupton), University of Canberra

11.40am       Q&As

Midday         Open space forum

1pm              Lunch

1.45pm:         Investigating Social Phenomena Through COSMOS: A Case Study
                      of the  Horsemeat Scandal
Dr Luke Sloan, COSMOS team, Cardiff University

2.45pm:         Q&As

3pm:              Finish

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Share your ideas for tweetchat topics in the new year!

Do you have a burning question about social sciences and social media? Want to learn something specific from our cross-country, cross-discipline members? Now is your chance!

We are thinking ahead about the topics of our monthly tweetchats for 2015. Let us know in the comments what you want to discuss and learn more about and we will expand on the idea by coming up with questions to pose to the network to discuss.

Looking forward to your thoughts!

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Missed out? Read the twitter feed from our chat on changing role of researchers in a social media world

See below for the twitter feed from our tweetchat on 9th December 2014 all about the changing role of researchers involved in online and social media research. Scroll to the bottom and work your way up to follow the conversation in the order it occured.

A summary of the 5 questions posed to those taking part is included below:

Q1: How is social media impacting upon you as a researcher? E.g. identity, work/life balance, ethics
Q2: How is social media changing our identities as researchers?
Q3 from : How does insider-outsider position influence your role, identity,access or objectivity?
Q4 from : What does it mean to be ‘virtually ethical’?
Q5: What are the key issues around social media for researchers going forward?
Q6: What topics shall we chat about on in the new year?