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Here is a little about one of our research students, Yuki, who is working with TTB this summer
Try out her questionnaireÂ â€˜The Transition Town movement and the Internet and Social Mediaâ€™
Register to join our workshop on Social Media and TTB (June 11th). This includes a short intro on how TTB uses Twitter and Facebook, a talk from Yuki about how the tsunami changed the use of social media and a focus group to collect data for research.
Yuki is a Masters student in Royal Holloway, University of London, from Japan. She is alsoÂ a professional web system engineer. Currently she is undertaking research onÂ the role of the Internet and social media for the Transition Town movement. Her interest is ethical consumption, sustainable living including Fair trade (her undergrad study) and, of course, the Transition Town movement. She joined to the food growing group in Transition Belsize in February 2013, and is passionately learning about her own â€œtransitionâ€.
Yuki’s hometown is Yokohama, a Â beautiful portsideÂ city near Tokyo.
She was working in Tokyo, specifically the 25th floor of a skyscraper, when the Great East Japan Earthquake happened, and experienced the confusion of capital city where transportation was interrupted and people rushed to go home. There was also great confusion of information on the Internet and in other traditional media, such as television and radio. There is a video of Yuki’s building swaying wildly in the earthquake.
She is following the Practising Sustainable Development (Information and Communication Technology for Development specialism)Â Course and has learned how ICT can empower people in developing countries, for example, mobile phones for rural farmers to get the latest market information. Her study is ICT (Information and Communication Technology), people and social movements. The Internet and social media can connect people, especially with people who have similar interest but where physical distance is an obstacle to communication.
In the opposite situation, where there is not a great distance, for example with the Transition Town movement with the emphasis on being local, a special interest of hers is how ICT can motivate people to participate. She is also investigating how transitioners use the Internet and especially social media for Transition Town movement as individuals, since the use of the Internet and social media varies by person.
She is keen to join in and learn practical activities. She isÂ working with TTBs Communications group to develop technology guides, specifically for producing the Newsletter with Mailchimp, and help with website issues and other communication strategies as a volunteer. She will also be giving a talk and running a focus group session on ‘Using Social Media for TTB’.
Check out her LinkedIn profile
[Note: We are also working on aÂ Research Students page, which will show you current and past students and their work. It includes guides for both researchers and projects, to get the most out of research.]