I joined UWS in March 2015 from the University of Salford, UK. My research interests span Environmental, Media, and Social Psychology. The common theme across all my work is identity and how ‘who we are’ shapes our interactions with environments, places, media, and each other. I am a digital scholar in that social media underpins my research, teaching, enterprise, and engagement activities.
With Psychology as a base, I traverse a range of disciplines in collaboration with researchers from Urban Studies, Acoustics, Transport Engineering, Computer Sciences, Media Studies, Business, Sociology, and Social Policy. Recent projects include analysing user-generated content to examine the impact of a multi-voiced approach on an academic departmental Twitter account; evaluating an intensive keyworker programme for families with complex needs in Rochdale, UK; and curating a ‘book of blogs’ on the global transitions to living in urban contexts in my role as a World Social Science Fellow with the International Social Science Council.
My PhD (EPSRC-funded) research was a discursive psychological analysis of place and identity in the context of living alongside railways, which was associated with a UK government funded project ‘Human Response to Vibration in Residential Environments (NANR209)’. Prior to my PhD, I worked for a research enterprise and consultancy unit focused on the housing needs of marginalised communities such as Gypsies and Travellers, migrant workers, and older people, as well as the impacts of urban regeneration in deprived neighbourhoods.
As a Lecturer at Salford, I co-founded Media Psychology Services which offers user-testing, user-experience research, and social media consultancy. As a social media consultant, I also provide training in using online platforms to engage communities including residents, tenants, students, and staff. I manage the UK Twitter presence of New Social Media, New Social Science (NSMNSS), a methodological innovation network co-ordinated by NatCen Social Research and Sage Publications. NSMNSS is at the forefront of how social media is shaping the social sciences. I am now the NSMNSS Twitter manager for Australia as the network aims to strengthen its international presence and activities.
I am always seeking opportunities to link my work on place, identity, and urban contexts, to my work on media, social media, and living in a digital world. I tweet @jennacondie @nsmnss @SSAPChat.