Social Media is everywhere where people are and it has touched almost every aspect of our daily lives. Over the last four years our research lab has grown with the rise of social media. We have grown from a virtual lab with a single researcher at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada, to a large physical lab with a team of over 10 faculty collaborators and contributors from across Canada, the US, Europe and Asia. We have been successful in securing research funding from both public and private sectors to help further our research and support students’ training.
Since 2010, we have trained close to 40 HQP (highly qualified personnel), getting them ready for the workforce or more advanced education. The reason for this growth is simple – our research focus is at once broad and niche and is multi – and interdisciplinary – bringing together experts from fields as different and as varied as information science, sociology, communication, health, law and computer science. And together we work to help deepen our understanding of how social media is changing the ways in which people communicate and disseminate information and how these changes impact the social, economic and political norms and structures of modern society.
To help fuel our future growth, reach out to new collaborators from both academia and industries and to provide even more opportunities for our future HQP, our lab recently joined the Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM) at Ryerson University. TRSM is Canada’s preeminent entrepreneurial-focused business school that is shaping the country’s next generation of global innovators and leaders. Its home to six schools of management, three innovative graduate degrees, including two MBA degrees and one research-focused master’s degree, and 12 cutting-edge research centres and institutes. TRSM is part of Ryerson University which is committed to the advancement of applied knowledge and research to address societal needs and is known for its innovative initiatives such as the Digital Media Zone (DMZ), Canada’s largest community of startups, and new graduate programs in Digital Media and Big Data Analytics.
Change is inevitable, but what is the same is our team’s desire to learn more and do more. We will continue to conduct innovative studies such as the “Geography of Twitter Networks”, “Learning Analytics in the Social Media Age” and the Mining Biodiversity’s “Big-Data” project, part of the global Digging into Data Challenge. We will also continue to organize and host the annual Social Media and Society Conference, an annual gathering of leading social media researchers from around the world. We look forward to building a new Social Media Lab at Ryerson University in the coming months and joining the research community at the Ted Rogers School of Management.