The Centre for Social Informatics has been awarded a new research grant by the Communities and Culture Network+.
My colleagues Peter Cruickshank and Dr Bruce Ryan have won funding for a study into hyperlocal government-citizen engagement. They will investigate the efforts of three neighbouring Scottish community councils in improving engagement with their citizens in both online and offline conversations. This work follows on from recent and ongoing investigations into the use of online communication by community councils: (1) a project to visualise community council locations; (2) a study of public online presences of community councils.
This week the Centre for Social Informatics published the findings of a research project that highlights the low online visibility of Scottish Community Councils.