About me

My name is Simon (Szymon) Piatek and I am interested in the digital research methods. My main research focus is on online representation of places, the production and consumption of user generated content, online mapping and models of functional hashatagability.

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Szymon (Simon) Piatek

I graduated from Kingston University with a BA in Media and Cultural Studies in 2010. Then I spent two years traveling in Asia and that’s where I got heavily involved in the social media, especially hashtagging on Instagram and Twitter, which eventually resulted in my academic interest in hashtags.

In 2014 I completed Masters Degree in Social Research at Goldsmiths College, University of London. In my dissertation I analysed European cities hashtags rankings on social media.

In 2003 and 2004 I worked as editor in Vaganzza Magazine in Warsaw, Poland. In 2006 I built Polish Radio London 24 (PRL24) and served as station’s director till 2008. During this time PRL24 was launched on DAB in London.

I am also interested in Quantified Self movement.

Academic Profile

Simon Piatek

  • Ph.D. Candidate, University of Warwick, UK
  • MA in Social Research, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK
  • BA in Media and Cultural Studies, Kingston University

Research:

My current research interests involve:

  • The analysis of change and continuity through hashtags
  • The development of a tool for analysing change and continuity through hashtags

Grants, Fellowships:

  • ESRC Doctoral Award, Warwick University, 2014 – 2017

Publications:

Presentations:

Teaching:

  • Spring 2016 – Understanding Social Research, University of Warwick, UK -The aim of the module is to develop critical thinking about empirical social research and to introduce students to a wide range of studies which apply quantitative and qualitative methods. Understanding Social Research module provided a firm foundation on principles of research design and social research methods.
  • Autumn 2015 – Advanced Training event ‘Digital Methods and Big Social Data – An introduction to Twitter Data Mining, Digital Social Network Analysis and Data Visualisation, Warwick University – The aim of this series of events was to introduce MA students to Digital Methods and Big Data. Seminar was run by Sam Martin. My job was to provide support for students with the practical side of data mining, manipulation and visualisation.
  • September 2015, Data Mining and Data Visualisation workshop, London – The aim of this event was to introduce PhD students from various UK universities to Digital Methods and Big Data. Seminar was run by Sam Martin. My job was to provide support for students with the practical side of data mining, manipulation and visualisation.
  • May 2015 – Big Data and Health Workshop, Cambridge University – The aim of this seminar was to introduce MA, PhD and Post doc students from numerous UK universities to Digital Methods and Big Data. Seminar was run by Sam Martin. My job was to provide support for students with the practical side of data mining, manipulation and visualisation.
  • Spring 2015 – Understanding Social Research, University of Warwick, UK – The aim of the module is to develop critical thinking about empirical social research and to introduce students to a wide range of studies which apply quantitative and qualitative methods. Understanding Social Research module provided a firm foundation on principles of research design and social research methods.

Training:

  • Sep 2015 – Computer Programming for Social Scientists, CDRC Summer School, Leeds University
  • May 2015 – ESRC Advanced Training in ‘Digital Methods and Big Social Data – An introduction to  Twitter Data Mining, Digital Social Network Analysis and Data Visualisation’, Warwick University
  • Nov 2014 – DTC Workshop: Analysing Data with Crowds, Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University

Groups:

  • Researchers’ Learning Journeys – diary circle. It is a group of around ten people learning and using research methods in the UK, such as doctoral and early career researchers. As a participant, I record, document and reflect on my research methods learning experiences as and when they occur across a 24 month period (2015-2017), in a password protected online blogging platform. This might include the courses I go on, the texts I read etc. I will also participate in three focus group interviews (at beginning, middle and end of the project).
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