Tuesday 30 March 2021, 2-5pm GMT+1 (UK Summer Time) Via Microsoft Teams 

Birkbeck, University of London


  • Andrea Ballatore (Lecturer in Geographic Data Science, Dept. of Geography)
  • Scott Rodgers (Senior Lecturer in Media Theory, Dept. of Film, Media and Cultural Studies)
  • Sara Rodriguez (PhD student, Dept. of Geography)

Sponsored by: 

  • Urban Intersections Experimental Collective, Birkbeck Institute for Social Research

 Are you an urban researcher interested in using or focusing on social media in your project? Are you curious about some of the conceptual and methodological issues at stake? Social Media and/as Urban Research is a short workshop providing an introduction to conceptualising and approaching social media as part of urban research. Urban life today leaves numerous traces on various social media platforms, and these platforms are reshaping how we experience, communicate across and represent cities. Particularly after a long period of social distancing, many urban researchers have become more aware of social media, both as an alternative way to do urban research at-a-distance, but also as an emergent topic of urban research in its own right. This workshop is aimed at urban researchers at all levels, from the doctoral/ECR stage to professorial, who are at an early- or beginner-stage of interest and/or experience in social media as it relates to urban research. This interest may be in social media as either an instrument to research urban settings (e.g. to get background on a neighbourhood or topic, or recruit research participants) or as an object of urban research (e.g. an interest in the implications of social media practices or technologies for urban life) (cf. Zeller, 2017). Focusing on ‘small data’ qualitative urban research projects, you will draw on your own provisional ideas and experiences with fellow participants and begin to unpack the nature and accessibility of social data. We will also address the sometimes-ambiguous ethical issues related to researching human participants through social media, and glimpse how larger-scale data analytics can play a role in qualitative research projects. If you would like to participate, please register below, including 50-word statement explaining your research background and motivations for attending this workshop. In the event of high demand, we reserve the right to allocate places to those who would benefit most. 


Registration deadline: 22 March 2021, 5pm GMT+1 (UK Summer Time) .

Cite this blog post
Violeta Rodríguez Becerril (2021, March 4). SOCIAL MEDIA AND/AS URBAN RESEARCH: A WORKSHOP FOR BEGINNERS. Instacity. Retrieved May 20, 2024, from

Violeta Rodríguez Becerril


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