Featured Research Projects
Dr Katrin Voltmer is the Coordinator of a major research project on ‘Media, Conflict and Democratisation’ (MeCoDEM), which started on 1 February 2014 and will run over three years. The project investigates the role of the media in conflicts that accompany and follow transitions to democracy. MeCoDEM is funded by the European Union within the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme. With a total budget of 2,2 million Euros, the project consortium includes eight partner institutions from six countries: University of Leeds (coordinating institution), University of Belgrade, University of Hamburg, Rhodes University Grahamstown, University of Oxford, Stockholm University, Ruhr University Bochum and American University in Cairo.
Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Pararchive: Open Access Community Storytelling and the Digital Archive was launched on 1st October 2013 and runs until 31st March 2015. Based at the School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds, it is part of the AHRC’s Connected Communities Programme, and has been funded under the Digital Transformations in Community Research Co-Production in the Arts and Humanities.
One consequence of the widespread use of social media is the mining and monitoring of the data that such usage produces. Social media monitoring, as this phenomenon is known, involves the use of a range of methods to monitor the social media activity of ordinary social media users and key influencers, in order to gain insights into public opinion, mood, networks and relationships.