From mapping youth experiences of climate change to researching social media and humanitarian responses to crisis, our team is engaged in a variety of digitally innovative projects aimed at addressing and informing social issues to create impact.
We host a range of activities and public events, including training days, seminar series and workshops. To facilitate impact we also engage in direct dialogue with policy-makers in the United Nations, UK and European Parliament through organised events and briefing meetings.
Our co-creation project partners includes NGO, journalist and digital design collaborations with groups including Bahrain Watch, Omega Research Foundation, CAAT, Bellingcat, Publica, Open Security, Corporate Watch, AltCity.me, Tactical Technology Collective.
Working with NGOs, journalists and digital designers we run hands-on data aggregation, visualisation and digital storytelling workshops designed specifically for addressing civic and humanitarian issues. Data Labs is a Fusion funded initiative.
Dr. Anna Feigenbaum
Dr Einar Thorsen
Dr. Isabella Rega
Dr Phillipa Gillingham
Dr. Edward Apeh
Dr Dan Jackson
Dr. Brad Gyori
Dr. Roman Gerodimos
Dr. Sam Goodman
Dr. Tauheed A. Ramjaun
Dr Shelley Thompson
Professor Hamid Bouchachia
Dr Gernot Liebchen
Dr Nathan Farrell
Our team here at Bournemouth University is working with NGOs, journalists and digital designers to run hands-on data aggregation, visualisation and digital storytelling workshops designed specifically for addressing civic and humanitarian issues.
This resource is a quick reference on the principles of data visualisations to think about how design choices influence how works are interpreted by end users. The numerical and factual information are not the only elements in data visualisations that are being interpreted by end users. For example, when used ambiguously symbols can confuse how Read more about Bookmark_Principles of Data Visualisation[…]
The comics medium is a possible tool and approach to creating more affective communications. Looking to shift your communications and wanting to try something new? The comics medium is approachable, accessible and relatable and can communicate serious topics of health, wellbeing and illness. These works, categorised as Graphic Medicine, both create emotive narratives and deliver Read more about Bookmark_Shifting to Graphic Medicine: Health Narratives and the Comics Medium[…]
In this presentation we argue that Graphic Social Science can make an important contribution to data storytelling. The emergence of Graphic Medicine, and now Graphic Social Sciences, seeks to make connections with audiences, in part, through their focus on emotion, empathy, point of view, and ability to capture multiple perspectives. As such, graphic narratives are Read more about Presentation_Giving Graphic Narrative to Numbers[…]
Upcoming talk at MeCCSA 2017: ‘Raising a Glass to Freedom’? (in)equality in Beer, Britain and Empire.
We are delighted to announce that MeCCSA 2017 includes a special session on ‘Raising a Glass to Freedom’? (in)equality in Beer, Britain and Empire led by Dr Sam Goodmanand Bournemouth University colleagues. It is Panel 2F: Wednesday 17.45-19.15pm. The perfect warm up for the MeCCSA wine/ beer reception and following pub quiz! Why do Read more about Upcoming talk at MeCCSA 2017: ‘Raising a Glass to Freedom’? (in)equality in Beer, Britain and Empire.[…]
British beer culture is currently in the midst of a revival. The influence and popularity of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and the US-originated Craft Beer movement is seemingly at its peak, with a range of microbrewed beers as readily available in high street chain pubs across the UK as in more exclusive craft Read more about Beer and the British goes to IAMCR[…]
‘Researching up’ or investigating government and corporate practices is often riddled with obstacles. In place of interview answers, come streams of PR sound bytes and ‘no comment’ replies. With lawyers at ready disposal and PR teams performing 24/7 image-makeovers, the practices of corporate and government elites often take place behind layers of concealer. So how Read more about Serious Game Design Goes Corporate Watching[…]
In April and May, the #RiotID team travelled to Sheffield for a workshop at the Bank Street Arts gallery as part of the Crick Centre’s ESRC project Exploring Civil Society Strategies for Democratic Renewal. Then it was off to Keele for Media Environments where the team led a workshop in how to use visual design Read more about #RiotID takes its social change design workshops on the road[…]
Our 2015 Mapping the Media project on Tear Gas is now live! Check out the maps on our BU Civic Media Hub website. Everyday tear gas is used around the world, from Brazil to Bahrain, from Thailand to the Occupied Territories of Palestine. Yet, while journalists file news stories of tear gas deployments, there is no national Read more about Who are the World’s Heaviest Tear Gas Users?[…]
re-posted with permission from authors: https://www.psa.ac.uk/insight-plus/blog/greece-facing-imminent-humanitarian-crisis by Roman Gerodimos and Sofie Edlund On Tuesday, March 1st, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency warned that Greece is facing an imminent humanitarian crisis. Over the last few months UNHCR has been monitoring arrivals to South-East Europe on a daily basis and collating data from various sources into a daily Read more about Greece is facing an imminent humanitarian crisis[…]
BU Civic Media Hub & the Omega Research Foundation publish report on the misuse of Tear Gas in Europe
Responding to a request for more data on tear gas misuse in Council of Europe member states, the BU Datalabs team hosted a daylong data hack day to aggregate information and produce a report for the Council of Europe. The report offers a brief summary analysis of Human Rights investigations into the misuse of tear gas Read more about BU Civic Media Hub & the Omega Research Foundation publish report on the misuse of Tear Gas in Europe[…]