Press coverage of #CascEff

Dima Atanasova and I are currently working on two work packages as part of the EC FP7 funded project ‘CascEff: Modelling of dependencies and cascading effects for emergency management in crisis situations.’  We will be posting regular updates on the project on Twitter between now and the completion of the tasks in December 2015.

Our research has recently been highlighted in two magazines:

Research to examine role of media in aftermath of crisis situations, ScienceDaily, 11 August 2014, Available at:

Disaster media could aid decisions, Professional Security, 15 August 2014, Available at:

For more on #CascEff, please see the project website

Presentation at ‘Scoping Questions of Privacy, Surveillance and Governance in the Digital Society,’

Yesterday I spoke at an event at the University of Sheffield focussing on questions of privacy, surveillance and governance in the Digital Society My presentation is below:

Other speakers at the event included Professor Clive Norris (Sheffield), Professor Kirstie Ball (Open University), Dr Andrew McStay (Bangor) and Dr Vian Bakir (Bangor). Thanks to John Steele and Jo Bates for the invitation and for organising an extremely interesting day – hopefully more to come!

CascEff – update on project

I am currently a Work Package leader for a project funded by the EU FP7 programme. The project involves 11 partners from across Europe and focuses on the cascading effects that emerge from crisis situations.

1) Leicester work packages

My two tasks will focus on the communication strategies adopted by incident managers and first responders, with a specific emphasis on how social media is deployed in such situations to provide accurate, real-time information to the public. I look forward to working with Xavier Criel and Safety Centre Europe on this project, which is due to finish in December 2015. Further information on the Leicester-based Research Associate who will assist me on the project will be published in a press release next month.

2) CascEff Website launched

Further information on CascEff can be found on the project website:Screen Shot 2014-06-28 at 09.47.21

3) CascEff on Twitter

CascEff is now on Twitter – please follow the official Twitter account for updates on the project.

About the Project:

CascEff – “Modelling of dependencies and cascading effects for emergency management in crisis situations” is performed and funded under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Union (SEC-2013.4.1-2).

Media for Social Change unconference

Yesterday I participated in the Media for Social Change unconference organised by Dima Saber and colleagues at Birmingham City University. It was an excellent day and hopefully the first of many such events in the Midlands.

The unconference had these four main themes:

Citizen Reporting & Social Change

How can we begin to re-think the relationship between new information and communication technologies and social change in the MENA region?

Language Mediation

How can we enhance the creation of better Arabic content online? What are the main technical barriers facing Arab activists in terms of access to online tools and media literacy skills?

Media in times of conflict

How can new media tools be used by activists to organise humanitarian aid in situations of political unrest?

Video for social change

To what extent does the democratised nature of video production and distribution in the digital age make it a powerful tool for social change?


There were a number of other themes that emerged during the day but these three stood out for me:

1) What mechanisms should we (academics, activists, and journalists) use to verify online sources?

2) How should we correct misinformation and rumour online?

3) How can we understand protests that are mediated online without speaking to those responsible for producing such content?

There were few simple answers to these questions and I was left with many more questions about how social media in could be leveraged for social change in not only the MENA region but also elsewhere.

I hope to explore some of these issues during CascEff and will blog about the results of the study in due course.

Dave Harte has written a very insightful blog on the unconference here:

I have also archived the tweets from the day on Storify here:


Part-Time Research Associate needed for my EU FP7 funded CascEff project

I am currently looking for a Part-Time Research Associate for my EU FP7 project ‘CascEff: Modelling of dependencies and cascading effects for emergency management in crisis situations.’

The closing date is 19 May 2014 and more information about the position can be found here:

If you have any queries about the post then please feel free to drop me an email on