Alex Ricketts

University of Sheffield, CEL

Management School, 3rd year PhD student

Thesis title: Social Media And Community Disaster Resilience: A Process-Based Study Of South Yorkshire Fire And Rescue

I’m currently in my 2nd year of a PhD in the Management School at the University of Sheffield, having completed my MA in Social Research last year. I am on a 1 + 3 year programme supported by the WRDTP and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Prior to my MA in Sheffield I completed a BSc in Geography and a MSc in Practising Sustainable Development at Royal Holloway, University of London. I have also worked in the private sector within the community and digital inclusion arena.

My PhD is a collaborative award working with South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and will be looking at how social media is used to develop community disaster resilience. I will be using a mainly qualitative approach for my research, with the use of Social Network Analysis.

In my spare time I enjoy exploring the Peak District, practising yoga and meeting up with friends and family for a good natter!

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