Seminar by David Girling, UEA
Joint event with the Digital Society Network

 David Girling is a lecturer and Director of Research Communication in the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia (UEA). He teaches on the MA Media and International Development and various modules at undergraduate level. David is a Chartered Marketer with over 20 years marketing and communications experience in the public and non-profit sector. In 2014 The Guardian named him as a global development tweeter to watch. His interests are multidisciplinary, but he is particularly interested in strategic marketing, communications, PR, branding, digital and social media.

In this seminar David will discuss three ways in which he has utilised social media in research communications. The School of International Development UEA has a multi-author blog with around 60 blog posts in 20 months. David will share some of the barriers and triumphs that he has encountered managing this blog and the School’s other social media channels. He will also discuss the reasons for starting his own blog about social media and international development. The blog is deliberately written in an accessible style and speaks to two main audiences: staff working in digital departments in INGOs and anyone who is interested in the use of social media in the Global South. Lastly he will introduce three films he has produced: an RSA animate style animation, video infographic and a documentary on living with HIV in Uganda. Social media was instrumental in both the production and dissemination of these films.

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