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08 November 2017

What Can Social Media Tell Us About Society?


In an increasingly digital age, social media research offers new ways of understanding attitudes and behaviours.

At the London HQ of Twitter, this early evening event will feature presentations from researchers who have used social media data in a range of settings, including government and academia.

The speakers will explain their findings, methods and the social value of their research, providing attendees with a new understanding of what nsocial media research has to offer and how it can be used to complement "traditional" social science methods. Presentations will be followed by an audience Q and A.

This event is part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science.


Introduction: Joe Rice, Data and Enterprise Solutions, Twitter

Chair: Nancy Kelley, Deputy Chief Executive, National Centre for Social Research

Understanding Political Behaviour by Linking Survey and Social Media Data.

Curtis Jessop, Research Director, National Centre for Social Research.

How Social Media is Changing Discussions around Healthcare

Josh Smith, Researcher, Centre for Analysis of Social Media, DEMOS

Revealing the Content of the Edu-Blogosphere

Sarah Hewitt, Web Science Institute, University of Southampton

Predicting Winter Pressures on A&E Using Google Search Data

Edward Beake, Data Scientist, Department of Health

Why has data gone to the darkside?

Joe Harrod and Jonathan Sebire, Signify


Location: Twitter HQ, London

Date: Weds 8th November, 2017

Time: 17:00-19:00


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