Science, Twitter and election campaigns: Tracking #auspol in the Australian federal elections

McKinnon, M., Semmens, D., Moon, B., Amarasekara, I., & Bolliet, L. (2016). Science, Twitter and election campaigns: Tracking #auspol in the Australian federal elections. Journal of Science Communication, JCOM, 15(6), A04. https://jcom.sissa.it/

QUT Repository: https://eprints.qut.edu.au/102139/

Journal: https://jcom.sissa.it/archive/15/06/JCOM_1506_2016_A04

Abstract:

Social media is increasingly being used by science communicators, journalists and government agencies to engage in discourse with a range of publics. Despite a growing body of literature on Twitter use, the communication of science via Twitter is comparatively under explored. This paper examines the prominence of scientific issues in political debate occurring on Twitter during the 2013 and 2016 Australian federal election campaigns. Hashtracking of the umbrella political hashtag auspol was used to capture tweets during the two campaign periods. The 2013 campaign was particularly relevant as a major issue for both parties was climate change mitigation, a controversial and partisan issue. Therefore, climate change discussion on Twitter during the 2013 election was used as a focal case study in this research. Subsamples of the 2013 data were used to identify public sentiment and major contributors to the online conversation, specifically seeking to see if scientific, governmental, media or ‘public’ sources were the more dominant instigators. We compare the prominence of issues on Twitter to mainstream media polls over the two campaign periods and argue that the potential of Twitter as an effective public engagement tool for science, and for politicised scientific issues in particular, is not being realised.

PhD Completed

It is my pleasure to advise you that on 18 April 2016 the relevant Delegated Authority of the ANU
Colleges of Science confirmed the approval of the award of your degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Congratulations on this significant achievement.

My thesis is available in the ANU Open access thesis collection: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/101191

Two printed copies of my thesis, one for ANU library and one for the CPAS library.

Brenda Moon bound thesis

 

Thesis submitted

On the 28th January I submitted my thesis for examination. Here it is bound and ready to submit. I’ve been a bit slow about posting the news here 🙂

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