Tweeting the reef revolution: an analysis of public debates on the Great Barrier Reef restoration

Newlands, Maxine, and Martin, Melusine (2018) Tweeting the reef revolution: an analysis of public debates on the Great Barrier Reef restoration. In: Abstracts from the Great Barrier Reef Restoration Symposium. p. 47. From: Great Barrier Reef Restoration Symposium, July 16-19 2018, Cairns, QLD, Australia.

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The Great Barrier Reef's back-to-back bleaching events (2016/17) have seen a shift towards more interventions and restoration project to save the Reef. With traditional media still holding gatekeeper roles, the Twittersphere has become an ideal space to debate the merits of Reef restoration research. From scientists to pollies and the public, opinion is divided over the best approach to restore the Reef's health. This paper is part of research for the Reef Restoration and Adaption (RRAP) project that is analysing social media to identify key theme in online public debates around social licence and restoration projects. Drawing on public Twitter and Facebook pages, we are measuring social perceptions of restoration and intervention projects.

Analysis of Twitter posts over a 12-month period since the last bleaching event, identifies public sentiment and discourse around Reef Restoration projects. Drawing on public tweets from social media and environmental communication literature; this study investigates the public perceptions of interventions via the micro-blogging site Twitter. The data provides insights into the public perception and debates surrounding the feasibility and viability of reef restoration and adaptation interventions. Therefore, this research aims to establish if better understanding of the social perceptions of the Great Barrier Reef can help to find ways of improving the Reef in Australia and around the world.

Item ID: 55966
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
Keywords: Great Barrier Reef, social media, twitter, Australia, discourse analysis
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Projects and Grants: Reef Restoration and Adapation
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2018 02:28
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 40%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1606 Political Science > 160609 Political Theory and Political Philosophy @ 60%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960311 Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability @ 50%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9402 Government and Politics > 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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