Impact & Engagement


At Melbourne, we focus on the Triple Helix. Impact and engagement have always been crucial to my research and teaching. My research has been widely cited in numerous government reports and I have advised on numerous projects. Key areas of impact are:


  1. How to moderate online discussion forums (Wright, 2006a, b, c; Wright, 2007; Wright and Street, 2007; Wright, 2012a)

  2. How to analyse the impacts of moderation and facilitation (Wright and Street, 2007; Graham and Wright, 2014)

  3. How to design website interfaces to promote positive engagement and deliberation (Wright and Street, 2007; Wright, 2005; Wright 2012b)

  4. How to instutionalise e-democracy experiments, particularly E-petitions (Wright, 2012 b, in press)

  5. Social media engagement - particularly for politicians and journalists (Graham and Wright, in press; Graham and Wright, UP; Wright, 2008, 2009)

  6. Best practice in data journalism and below the line commenting on news websites


I am passionate about community engagement. I was awarded a CUE East Engagement award at UEA and National Beacon Status - presented by the Vice Chancellor at Graduation ($2,000 stipend). I am keen that students with with organisations and apply their learning in real-world settings. I have several partnerships in Melbourne that I use for my research, and bring in experts such as on Social Network Analysis. A recent presentation by the creator of NodeXL (Marc Smith) had over 50 attendees from a wide range of businesses and charities. We also recently gathered together the leading data journalists in Australia for a workshop, supported by Carlton Connect. I have given talks and presentations at GetUp and U3A. At UEA, I set up a hugely successful teaching parternship with the BBC, and students won a national BBC award for enterprise. Finally, I am an exerienced interviewee on radio and television, mainly working with the BBC.


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