Optimising the roles of online communities in rural resillience

  • Steiner, Artur (CoI)
  • Farmer, Jane (PI)
  • Kilpatrick, Sue (CoI)
  • Carlisle, Karen (CoI)
  • Munoz, Sarah-Anne (CoI)

Project Details


This research will use data from online communities to identify roles they do, and could play, in rural resilience. It uses social media analytics and spatial methodology to taxonomise and map service topics and social resilience from online communities. Governments call for rural service innovation. To date, robust evidence about online versus local services needed, is lacking. This is partly due to lack of data about diverse consumers' priorities and gaps. Social media could offer latent insights, but ethical methodology producing useful de-identified policy insights has been lacking. This study exemplifies applying social media data analytics at scale to address policy problems and will produce up-to-date co-designed data use guidelines.
Short titleOptimising the roles of online communities in rural resillience
Effective start/end date1/05/2030/04/23


  • Australian Research Council: £277,243.84

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities


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