What information do people choose to share online when they find themselves in difficult and dangerous circumstances?

What does this teach us about how trust and empathy are established and maintained in online relationships?

And what can all of this tell us about sharing, trust and empathy in the offline world?

‘A Shared Space and a Space for Sharing’ is an innovative research project that aims to answer these questions. The project explores the online relationships and behaviour of people affected by:

  • natural disasters
  • life-threatening, terminal and chronic illnesses
  • organ and tissue donation
  • emotional distress
  • illicit drug use.

About the project


Find out more about the project’s research areas and objectives, its background and the funders supporting it.


View publications and research outputs from the project.


Introducing our interdisciplinary research team.

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