I am a Canada Research Chair in Social Media Data Stewardship, Associate Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University (Canada), and Director of Research at the Social Media Lab. I am also a Member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists; a co-editor of a multidisciplinary journal on Big Data and Society; and a founding co-chair of the International Conference on Social Media and Society.
My research initiatives explore how the advent of social media and the growing availability of user data are changing the ways in which people and organizations communicate, collaborate and disseminate information and how these changes impact the social, economic and political norms and structures of modern society. My expertise also lays in developing and testing new analytics tools for discovering and visualizing social media data and online social networks. The broad aim of my various research initiatives is to provide decision makers with additional knowledge and insights into the behaviours and relationships of online network members, and to understand how these interpersonal connections influence our personal choices and actions.
This year I am co-organizing the 2018 Social Media & Society Conference and co-edited a special issue on Social Media for Social Good or Evil for Social Media + Society.