Social Media and Data Science

Team members: Tristram Alexander, Eduardo Altmann, Monika Bednarek, Andrew Ross

The project aims to advance understanding of polarising impacts of external information events on discourses and attitudes toward climate change. Our particular interest lies in identifying the sociolinguistic drivers and patterns of affective polarisation in the case of the Australian bushfire crisis, and then testing our model’s performance in other climate-related crises around the world. Our team examines the interplay between exogenous and endogenous drivers in affective polarisation with regard to climate change, modelling the relationship between external climate events (in our case, bushfires), and internal sociolinguistic dynamics that occur on social technology platforms [Read more…]