EMoTiCON – Empathy and Trust in Online Communication

2014 – 2018


Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Value: £188,756

Partners: University of Leeds

Website: https://emoticon-network.org

The EMoTICON Network supported all the projects funded under the EMoTICON (Empathy and Trust in Online Communication) programme. grant commissioned new research to explore how trust and empathy occur in, and subsequently shape, online communities. We ran three annual conferences that brought together researchers from across the projects, new researchers in the field and other stakeholders to further develop the research agenda in the field. We also supported a number of pilot projects run by early career researchers to develop greater understanding of how empathy and trust are developed, maintained, transformed and lost in social media interactions. For the future we are planning an EMoTICON GCRF workshop to explore the potential to expand work in this area on an international level.