Projects

The Visual Social Media Lab is developing a number of different projects. Most of the current projects are part of Picturing the Social, while others are focused on training and capacity building, and further developing the general research concerns of the lab. See individual project pages for full details.

 


 

Current Projects

  • The Iconic Image on Social Media

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    Lead researchers: Farida Vis, Simon Faulkner, Francesco D’Orazio and Lin Prøitz This project is part of the Picturing the Social and ENGAGE...

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  • Picturing the Social

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    Picturing the Social: Transforming our Understanding of Images in Social Media and Big Data research is an 18-month research project funded by the ESRC.

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  • A Visual Atlas of Happiness

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    Lead researcher: Francesco D'Orazio. This project is part of the Picturing the Social research. This project looks at understanding happiness through the pictures posted on Instagram and tagged with #happy to provide a window into people’s lives and complement the insights we can already gain from a global survey, or a series of statistical indexes.

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  • The Death of Thatcher

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    Lead researcher: Simon Faulkner. This project is part of the Picturing the Social research. This project focuses on images uploaded to Twitter and FaceBook after the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in April 2013.

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  • Algorithmic Visibility

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    Lead researcher: Farida Vis. This project is part of the Picturing the Social research. This project explores the different ways in which images are made visible on social media platforms, focusing on the role of ‘structures’ in the creation of social media data.

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  • Imaging Sheffield

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    Lead researcher: Anne Burns. This project is part of the Picturing the Social research. This project involves an ethnographic study of social media photography, which will observe how people share and interact with images online.

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  • Unremarkable Images

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    Lead researcher: Olga Goriunova. This project is part of the Picturing the Social research. Unremarkable images is a project that focuses on studying visual content mundanely shared on social media.

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  • ENGAGE

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    Lead researcher: Lin Prøitz. The key aim of the ENGAGE project is to address the ways that young people in Norway and the United Kingdom engage in political and civic participation via digital visual cultures and social networks.

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  • PhD Projects

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    The Visual Social Media Lab seeks to develop PhD research projects that reflect its concern to innovate approaches and methods for the analysis of social media images and the broader visual web.

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