Social Media & Social Science Research Ethics Conference Programme

Monday 21st of March, 2016, 33 Finsbury Square, London. EC2A 1AG

Social Media & Social Science Research Ethics


Conference Programme:

Download this Progamme as a .pdf or download the abstract booklet.

1000 Conference Registration and Coffee

1030 Keynote 1:

The Ethical Disruptions of Social Media Research: tales from the field

Professor Susan Halford

(Director Web Science Institute, University of Southampton)

1130 Parallel Session 1:

A: Ethical Practicalities (I)

Using Twitter as a data source: An overview of ethical challenges.

Wasim Ahmed (University of Sheffield)

Ethical issues in qualitative research on Facebook. Gill Mooney (University of Leeds)

The Ethics of Researching Tinder. Jenna Condie (Western Sydney University)

B: Blurred Lines:

‘Trying to re-focus the blurred lines between researchers and participants in social media research’. Sarah Quinton (Oxford Brookes)

Reconciling the Tumblr Fangirl and the Academic: Embracing the Blurred line Between Participant and Observer in Online Ethnography.

Kadian Pow (Birmingham City University)

Things that keep me awake at night. Milena Popova (UWE)

C: Workshop Session

Social Media Research Ethics: Sharing Best Practice

Prof. Claire Wallace and Dr. Leanne Townsend (University of Aberdeen).

In this workshop Prof Wallace and Dr Townsend will present their work on developing new ethical frameworks for conducting social media research. This will include findings from in-depth interviews with UK scholars as well as social media users. They will present a set of new ethical guidelines for social media research, which have been co-developed with key scholars working in the field.

1300 Lunch

1400 Parallel Session 2:

D: Critical Ethical Reflections:

Sharing social media data – challenges and emerging solutions.

Libby Bishop (UK Data Archive, University of Essex)

Public vs Private: dichotomy or scale? Harry T. Dyer (UEA)

iRights Youth Juries. Elvira Perez Vallejos (Nottingham)

E: Ethical Practicalities (II)

Gaining access to online interactions from an offline perspective: Ethical challenges faced in a study with Chilean adolescents. Paulina Ruiz (Bristol).

The ethics of ‘informed consent’ and the waiving of anonymity: Analysing blog texts of breast cancer bloggers’ lived experiences. Cathy Ure (Salford).

Public attitudes to reported instance of personal data usage #AnalyzeMyData. Ansgar Koene (Nottingham).

F: Panel Session:

Ethical Challenges for Visual Social Media Research:

Are Images Different?

Dr Farida Vis, Dr Anne Burns and Alexandra Boutopoulou who are all based in the Visual Social Media Lab ( at the University of Sheffield.

Recent work published by the Lab includes: ‘The Iconic Image on Social Media: A Rapid Research Response to the Death of Aylan Kurdi.’ and The Impact of Digital Content: Opportunities and Risks of Creating and Sharing Information Online’ a white paper for the World Economic Forum.

1530 Coffee

1600 Keynote 2:

Where next for #SocialEthics?

Steven Ginnis (Head of Digital Research, Social Research Institute, Ipsos MORI) and Harry Evans (Research Analyst, Social Research Institute, Ipsos MORI).

1700: Closing Remarks

Followed by a wine reception sponsored by Sage.

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