Crisis Publications Twitter — Snurb, 27 April 2012
Twitter and Disaster Resilience: Lessons from #qldfloods and #eqnz

We’re doing quite a few presentations of our crisis communication research at the moment. A few days after our ANZDMC presentation, I flew down to Melbourne to run a workshop on social media and disaster resilience together with Chris Fisher from the Queensland state Department for Community Safety, as part of the Disaster Resilient Communities conference.

My contribution to the workshop was to present in some detail the research into uses of Twitter in disasters which we’ve been engaged in, and I’m including the two parts of my presentation below. There was a fair amount of interaction and discussion with the workshop participants during these presentations, but I’ve edited out those discussions from the audio attached to the slides, both because participants were hard to hear on the recording and because they may not want to have their questions and ideas broadcast beyond the workshop itself. Hope the recording makes sense without their contributions.

About the Author

Dr Axel Bruns leads the QUT Social Media Research Group. He is an ARC Future Fellow and Professor in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. Bruns is the author of Blogs, Wikipedia, Second Life and Beyond: From Production to Produsage (2008) and Gatewatching: Collaborative Online News Production (2005), and a co-editor of Twitter and Society, A Companion to New Media Dynamics and Uses of Blogs (2006). He is a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation. His research Website is at, and he tweets as @snurb_dot_info.

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