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Dr Henry Sidsaph

Reflections on using Social Network Analysis of Twitter connections in Alternative Food Networks in Chester, UK and Ballarat, Australia: A participant selection strategy.

I reflect on the use of quantitative Social Network Analysis (SNA) using Instagram and Twitter as a participant selection strategy from which to base further qualitative research from. Using NodeXL, this study measured the Density and Eigenvector Centrality of online actors from two Alternative Food Networks which were present in Chester, UK and Ballarat, Australia. This method was selected with a view to increasing validity and replicability in the participant selection stage of research. The challenges of using this method are discussed, its wider implications and suggestions for future study are presented.

Henry is a visiting researcher at the Business Research Institute and is active in the topic of Alternative Food Networks. He has previously worked as a researcher for a developmental-NGO based in Malawi. His interests and experiences have an international theme, notably in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Mediterranean, primarily focusing on; rural economies, agrarian-livelihoods, and sustainable development.

He has previously conducted several social and economic European Union funded research projects and has undertaken research with smallholder organic olive oil producers in Almería Province, Spain. He is currently leading a research project with partners in Australia examining embeddedness of business values through social media platforms.


Social Network Analysis (SNA) is a very unique and exciting data collection and analysis method that can be used in many research projects. A social network consists of a set of actors (also called nodes or vertices) together with a set of edges (also called arcs) that link pairs of actors. Since edges can share actors (e.g., the A.B edge shares an actor with the B.C edge) this creates a connected web that we think of as a network. Come along to see a demonstration of some of the stages of SNA over lunch time. I will be covering the steps necessary to complete SNA in relation to a participant selection strategy.


Lee Bennett

Production of online video tutorials for students in the workplace: How to make them effective and engaging

My research explores WBIS students’ information retrieval habits, and how effective and engaging video tutorials could help them to carry out an efficient, thorough and well-focussed literature search.  A comprehensive plan has been produced for the production of the tutorials, which is due to commence in August 2018. Key findings will be shared, in addition to a brief overview of the research approach and methodology, with scope for feedback and discussion. Relevant topics include: action research; video tutorials; distance-learning; online learning.

I work as an Audio-Visual Technician, based in the Learning and Information Services (LIS) department at the University of Chester.  In addition to this I run my own video production company. I have recently completed my MA in Television and Video Production with Facilitation and Mentoring, having undertaken the University’s WBIS programme.  Previous to this I undertook a WBIS BA. Video is my lifelong interest and passion, and the MA has allowed me collaborate with academics and combine these skills with teaching and learning practices.  This has led to further collaborative work, including presenting at international conferences and writing for publication.


Lee has worked in Audio Visual (AV) and Video Production for over 17 years, and has recently completed his MA in Video Production with Facilitation and Mentoring through the University’s WBIS programme.  In this practical demonstration, Lee will explain how to successfully produce video material to facilitate and support learning in a digital age.  The session is aimed at all ability levels, where you’re encouraged to drop in, ask questions and get involved.