Exploring shale activism on Twitter using spatio-temporal Network Analysis

Adam Varley, Phil Bartie, Jennifer Dickie, Stacia Ryder, Darrick Evensen, Patrick Devine-Wright, Lorraine Whitmarsh

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The spatio-temporal response of online communities towards shale gas development (‘fracking’) across the UK was explored using Twitter network analysis over 2019. For the first half of the year the debate was driven by a well-informed community based primarily in the North of England with a history of shale gas development. Changes in the political environment in the second half of the year, driven by the general election, saw the co-opting of the online debate, at the national scale, by three political communities clearly seeking to push their own political agendas.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGISRUK 2021 Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021
Event29th Annual GIS Research UK Conference 2021 - online, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Duration: 14 Apr 202116 Apr 2021


Conference29th Annual GIS Research UK Conference 2021
Abbreviated titleGISRUK 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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