Sydney has a thriving community of social scientists and social media users who have become experts in spotting trends and trends that may help them achieve their goals, and in doing so, become a valuable resource for city planners, city planners and developers.
Sydney is a city where you don’t have to be a specialist to enjoy the benefits of social media, according to Sydney’s mayor, and its community is home to a wide variety of social groups.
A group of social science professionals at the University of Sydney conducted a survey in May 2017, with the aim of identifying and understanding the types of social phenomena that drive community engagement and improve social welfare.
The results were released today by the NSW Council of Social Science, which says the survey showed that the average social science professional in the city had a greater understanding of social issues than the average resident of any other Australian city.
The survey found that social media is a significant source of information for a range of social problems, from job-related information and career development to crime and community safety.
Social science professionals are also used to connecting with people on a wide range of issues, such as job-market outcomes, health, education, housing and wellbeing.
“People can get information in a much clearer and more positive way on the internet,” Dr Sarah O’Connor, who led the research for the council, said.
She said the findings also showed that Sydney’s social science workforce was highly engaged with local issues.
It’s an industry in the making, with an increasing number of social sciences professionals now actively engaging in local matters, such to policing, education and housing, she said.
“We need a network of social workers and social scientists to ensure that we are working effectively to help people get on the right path in their lives,” she said, pointing to the social welfare and health sectors as examples.
“And we also need to be more inclusive of people on the front line, who are working with social services and health care, in order to get people into the right care.”
The survey asked social scientists about the types and motivations behind social issues they were researching.
A range of questions were asked about the role that social science plays in a city’s social life, such what kind of social support services are available, how much they charge, how they operate and the way they communicate.
This included questions about the amount of time individuals spend with a friend on social media.
“This is where social science can be used to inform decision making and social policy,” Dr O’Brien said.