I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about digital participation and digital democracy lately, and hope to be able to do more writing on this topic and get some projects off the ground in 2019. I’m also hoping to connect with others with similar interests – thus this call for papers for the RGS annual conference in London this summer (28th-30th August). I’m also thrilled that the Digital Geographies Research Group of the RGS-IBG has agreed to sponsor this session at this year’s conference!
I’ve been thinking a lot about how to incorporate blogging and social media into University teaching over the last few weeks. This was prompted in part by this very interesting article on the Guardian’s Higher Education Network – which talked about some social media platforms which even I as a millennial have no experience using! This semester is also the second time that I have run the formative assessment component of my colleague Jason Chilvers’ ‘Science, Society & Sustainability’ Master’s level module as a blogging task. We were pleased with how the task went last year and the students seemed to enjoy it and find it useful, so we are running it again this year with a few small tweaks.
From 2012-2015 I maintained a joint research blog with fellow geographer and STS scholar Martin Mahony called the Topograph. As we are now working on very different projects – he has just started a British Academy fellowship project at the University of Nottingham looking at the intersections of 20th century British colonialism and meteorological science – and developing our own profiles as early career scholars we have decided to mothball the Topograph for the time being, but leave the archive intact.
Below is an archived list of my most popular posts on the Topograph on topics including organisational learning, democracy, evidence-based policy, social media, the Anthropocene, the GM controversy, and experimentation.