Research Seminar with Dr. Hamid Pousti

Welcome to a research seminar on the problem of virtuality and context in social media research with Dr. Hamid Pousti. Hamid Pousti is a lecturer in Information Systems at the Swinburne University of Technology and a network member in the TechnAct Cluster. 

Date: March 18, 2021
Time: 10.00-12.00 (CET)
Location: The seminar will be held in zoom. The link will be distributed upon registration.
Register by sending an email to at the latest by the day of the seminar. 

Abstract: In this paper, we take a closer look at the problem of virtuality and context in social media research. We observed that the absence of a setting’s real physical boundaries limits people’s ability to create a common experience at the present time and develop a history of shared experiences. As a result, we see that many researchers’ interpretations of data in social media settings are often black‐boxed and challenges of studying these settings remain unnoticed. By using the Klein and Myers (1999) framework as a vehicle for unpacking these challenges, we present a framework for reflexivity in studying virtual settings in this paper. The framework is built on the notion of reflexivity at the theory, design, and practice levels. We recognize social media research as a reflexive space and call for more evident and active reflexivity in qualitative social media research where researchers reflect upon their impact on the research process. 

Presenter’s bio: Hamid Pousti has a bachelor’s degree in theoretical Physics and received his Ph.D. in Information Systems from Monash University. His research interests include social media, community resilience, and Industry 4.0. Hamid is currently a Lecturer in Information Systems at the Swinburne University of Technology and the lead of Inclusive AI Theme at the Social Innovation Research Institute (SIRI).

Bio of co-author Cathy Urquhart: Cathy Urquhart is a Professor of Digital Business at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School. Her broad area of research centers around the use of digital innovation for societal good. She is interested in how social media and all forms of ICTs can help us meet societal challenges, such as sustainable development, individual wellbeing, and social justice. She is the author of Grounded Theory for Qualitative Research, published by Sage, and a second edition is expected next year. She also writes regularly on developments in grounded theory and qualitative research methodology in general. She holds or has held various editorial and board positions with the Journal of the Association of Information Systems, Information Technology, and Development, European Journal of Information Systems, Information Systems Journal, and MIS Quarterly. Her website can be found here

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