Brittany White

MES 2013

b.whiteBiography:

Britanny conducted her graduate work through the School for Resource and Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University, and also worked as a research assistant in Dalhousie’s Social Media Lab (http://socialmedialab.ca). Her graduate research examined how environmentalists use Twitter and how they feel regarding the use of Twitter. Prior to coming to Dalhousie, she completed an undergraduate degree in Political Science at the University of Ottawa. Britanny’s research interests include: social media, online activism, and environmental activism.

Current Position:

Britanny is a Strategic Relations Associate with Digital Nova Scotia, where she facilitates communications and interactions with Digital Nova Scotia members, board, and external public, private, and academic stakeholders. She is also responsible for inquiry response, project coordination, event organization, proposal writing, email management, website posting, and overall stakeholder engagement.

Thesis:

Social Media as a Green Virtual Sphere: Examining the Alberta Oil Sands and the Northern Gateway Pipeline on Twitter

Abstract:

Environmentalists are increasingly using Twitter for online activism. We examine how environmentalists use Twitter to communicate about the Alberta oil sands and their feelings towards Twitter activity on the oil sands. We used a mixed methods approach which combined content analysis, social network analysis, and semi-structured interviews. We found that environmentalists use Twitter to disseminate information, organize action, and connect with like-minded individuals. More importantly, we found that environmentalists feel a sense of community to others who tweet on the oil sands. This research provides a useful starting point to understand the use of Twitter for online environmental activism.

Scholarships:

2013 Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, SSHRC

2012 Faculty of Graduate Studies Entrance Scholarship, Dalhousie University

Awards:

Best Poster Presentation, Information Without Borders Conference (IWB), February 7, 2013, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Best Graduate Student Presentation, Atlantic Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers’ Conference (ACAG), October 19-21, 2012, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Runner-up Graduate Student Presentation, Atlantic Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers’ Conference (ACAG), October 13-16, 2011, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada.

Conference Presentations:

White, B., Gruzd, A. & Castleden, H. (2013). Tweeting on the #tarsands: Examining the use of Twitter by environmentalists. Canadian Association of Information Science Conference (CAIS), June 6-8, 2013, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

White, B., Gruzd, A. & Castleden, H. (2013). Tweeting on the #tarsands: Twitter and environmental activism. GRAND Conference, May 14-16, 2013, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

White, B. (2013). Health 2.0: Social media and public health. Health Protection Conference, March 6-7, 2013, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

White, B. (2013). Tweeting on the #tarsands: Examining the use of Twitter by environmentalists. GRAND Café, January 31, 2013, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

White, B., Castleden, H. & Gruzd, A. Environmentalism online: Examining the presence and purpose of an online Northern Gateway Pipeline Twitter community. Atlantic Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers’ Conference (ACAG), October 19-21, 2012, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

White, B. (2012). Social media: How it can help environmental activism. Podcamp, January 22, 2012, Alderney Landing, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.

White, B. (2011). Social media and how it can help global ecological politics. Atlantic Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers’ Conference (ACAG), October 13-16, 2011, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada.

Poster Presentations:

White, B., Gruzd, A. & Castleden, H. (2013). Who gives a tweet about the #tarsands?: Examining Twitter activity about the Northern Gateway Pipeline. Information Without Borders Conference (IWB), February 7, 2013, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

White, B., Gruzd, A. & Castleden, H. (2012). Who gives a tweet about the #tarsands?: Examining Twitter activity about the Northern Gateway Pipeline. #influence12: Symposium & Workshop on Measuring Influence on Social Media, September 28-29, 2012, Dalhousie University, Halifax,Nova Scotia, Canada.

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