Digital Social Networks and Urban Spaces

  • Pablo Vieira Florentino Federal Institute of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil
  • Maria Célia Furtado Rocha Federal University of Bahia; CAPES (proc. n. 11527/13-7), PRODEB, Salvador, Brazil
  • Gilberto Corso Pereira Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil
Keywords: Social Networks Analysis, Public Participation, Urban Movements


The goal of this paper is to explore how available data from digital social networks can be used to understand ongoing collective actions on urban micro spaces. For this we analyze two cases, one in Brazil and the other in Italy. We propose to conduct an exploratory exercise about group discussions in digital social networks interactions on issues that affect the use of residual public spaces as a way to understand how collective actions are trying to modify  urban environment. Aiming to verify the possibilities of analysis of this kind of interaction we made a study of digital urban movements in two cities: Salvador (Brazil) and Potenza (Italy). Such study aims to perform social networks analysis from groups and interactions on digital communities. This permits to test specific research methods to understand how groups and individuals are articulated for qualify cities micro environments, by using digital social networks platforms as a way to improve public participation in a broad sense.


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Author Biographies

Pablo Vieira Florentino, Federal Institute of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil
Phd student at UFBa. He has a Bsc in Computer Science at UFBa (2000) and a Msc in Systems and Computing Engineering at COPPE/UFRJ (2003). His current research interests include social network analysis, digital social networks and urban spaces.
Maria Célia Furtado Rocha, Federal University of Bahia; CAPES (proc. n. 11527/13-7), PRODEB, Salvador, Brazil

Phd student a UFBa. She has a Bsc in Economics and a Msc in Administration at UFBa. Her current work is funded by CAPES (proc. n. 11527/13-7). Her current research interests includes digital social network, semantic networks, internet and public participation.

Gilberto Corso Pereira, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil

Professor at Department of Urban and Regional Planning at UFBa. He is an Architect and PhD in Geography. His current research interests includes Geographical Information, public participation, digital culture.


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How to Cite
Florentino, P., Furtado Rocha, M. C., & Corso Pereira, G. (2014). Digital Social Networks and Urban Spaces. TeMA - Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment.