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Vertical Neighbourhoods: Exploring Digital Communities in High Rise Apartments in Sydney

Department of Sociology

Faculty of Arts


Phone: +61 (0)410061085

Email: Isaac.harrison@mq.edu.au


Chief Investigator / Supervisor: Associate professor Amanda Wise

Email: amanda.wise@mq.edu.au

You are invited to participate in a study about the social media and ‘real life' experiences of residents who live in high-rise apartments. In particular we want to hear about your experiences as a resident of a high-rise apartment and member of its social media community. We want to find out how you connect to people in your apartment complex and immediate neighbourhood and the role social media plays in facilitating that connection. As a current resident of an apartment with an active social media group, your opinions and experiences are vital to this project. We would also like to hear your experiences if you are not part of one of these groups, and how you otherwise connect with people in your apartment complex.

Participation in this study is entirely voluntary and will involve completing this survey which will take approximately 15 minutes. You may stop completing the survey at anytime without consequences. At the end of the survey is an invitation to participate in a short interview by telephone, Zoom or similar. Interview participants will each receive a $20 Coles/Myer giftcard as thanks for their contribution. Tick 'yes' in that section if you would be willing to participate in this next phase of the research.

All data generated from this survey will be securely stored in Macquarie universities LimeSurvey server in Australia. No personally identifying information will be retained or used in the study and only members of the research team will have access to the original data. A summary of results may be provided to you upon request. In this case, please email Associate professor Amanda Wise; amanda.wise@mq.edu.au.

The ethical aspects of this study have been approved by the Macquarie University Human Research Ethics Committee.  If you have any complaints or reservations about any ethical aspect of your participation in this research, you may contact the Committee through the Director, Research Ethics & Integrity (telephone (02) 9850 7854; email ethics@mq.edu.au). Any complaint you make will be treated in confidence and investigated, and you will be informed of the outcome.


Please feel free to email isaac.harrison@mq.edu.au if you have any questions about this research. 



Isaac Harrison.

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