This research examines police communications on social media using survey data, interview data and big data. Methods used in this research are mixed but lean towards being more quantitative than qualitative. The research is interdisciplinary in scope and employs methods from both social science and computer science. The principal aim of this study is to understand how and why the police are using social media to engage and interact with their communities. While also, the study aims to advance knowledge regarding the novel methods used to further understand complex contemporary social phenomena through big data.
Start date:October 2016
Research Topic:Police and Social Media in England and Wales
Research Supervisor:Professor Matthew Williams and Dr Pete Burnap
Supervising school:School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University
Primary funding source:ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership