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Collaborative re-orderings in Humanitarian aid networks

CITO Research Seminar

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Apr 16, 2015
from 12:30 PM to 02:00 PM


Q201, Lochlann Quinn Building, UCD, Belfield campus

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Dr. Simeon Vidolov presents the next CITO research seminar on the subject of crisis response management (abstract below). He will also be running a "Simulation Exercise for Humanitarian Aid Networks".

Collaborative re-orderings in Humanitarian aid networks

Abstract: This presentation would explore the processes underlying the ongoing endeavours to establish collaborative relationships between traditional, formal humanitarian organisations and the recently emerged volunteer and technical communities (VTCs). The VTCs are formations of digital volunteers who are mobilised to provide support to humanitarian aid actors by collecting and analysing human-centric sensing data in crisis situations. In contrast with the ‘informational’ and ‘connectivist’ concerns, which dominate the crisis response literature, this work synthesizes a perspective on multi-network/actor collaboration that is informed by STS and Practice theory studies. Thus, network-wide continuous efforts to establish ways of working between these two very different types of actors are conceptualized as complex collaborative re-orderings constituted of the inter-related practices of reconfiguring and fusing. This perspective offers valuable insights into the dynamic processes of network transformations and changes, triggered by the co-emerging and coalescing endeavours of traditional humanitarian organisations and volunteer communities.

Simulation Exercise

The "Simulation Exercise for Humanitarian Aid Networks" will run immediately after the seminar.
This interactive activity aims to replicate the activities of Volunteer Technical Communities (VTCs) and is used by crisis mappers for training.
It needs a minimum of 6 people and takes 30 minutes.
Please bring a laptop computer or other connected device to take part.

In order for this exercise to replicate the actual work of digital volunteers in crisis response almost everyone should have some device that affords connecting with the others. The exercise is simplified and no specialised crisis mapping platforms will be used. Instead, two of the teams will have to map the event in google maps and one will have to fill out a spreadsheet, and this is why in some cases a smart phone might not suffice to properly participate in the work of the teams.

Participants will be formed into 3 teams with different tasks addressing the crisis situation. Teams will analyse, interpret and respond to a live stream of a mixed social media data (predominantly tweets) and public media announcements related to a unfolding crisis situation. After the deployment is announced team members will have to start interacting and organising their teamwork though whatever technology they find suitable.

  When: Apr 16, 2015 
  from 12:30 PM to 02:00 PM
  Where Q201, Lochlann Quinn Building, UCD, Belfield campus

Dr. Simeon Vidolov is a Marie Curie Post-doctoral fellow at LaSalle – Ramon Llull University. He holds a PhD in IS/ Organisation Studies from The Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College Dublin (Ireland), a Masters degree in Marketing Research & Analysis Management from Umea School of Business and Economics (Sweden), and a Bachelor’s degree in International Economic Relations from University of Plovdiv (Bulgaria).

Simeon’s work is empirically grounded following a qualitative approach, and is predominantly informed by praxiological and phenomenological sensibilities. His work is broadly concerned with the relationship between technology, knowledge and social and organisational change, including:

  • Virtual and distributed forms of working and organizing - Collaborative practices in complex network arrangements - ICT-enabled change in organisations and broader societal implications - Role of affectivity and embodiement in process of learning and knowledge production - Critical approaches to project management, and its performativity and politics - Policy-in-making (vs policy on paper), institutional power, identity and performativity