Melanie Baker-Jones

Dr Melanie Baker-Jones

Completed PhD student
Dr Melanie Baker-Jones

Dr Melanie Baker-Jones’ thesis examined government accountability for emergency warnings over social media. As well as this specific focus on legal accountability, Melanie’s thesis examined the role of governance and regulatory components in the risk management process, investigating the extent to which responsibilities for warning and the use of social media are incorporated into the regulatory system. Her research also investigated the emergency services’ use of user-generated content on social media and the potential legal risks associated with this.

Melanie is now a solicitor at Simpson Western Lawyers in Auckland.

Her thesis is avilable here.

Student project

Social media can be an effective tool for government agencies to both communicate and gain situational awareness during an emergency. As a relatively new tool, new risks might arise as a result of its utilisation. With the increasing usage of Web 2.0 by the emergency services, this project is undertaking a thorough examination of the legal risks associated with the use of social media in emergency management.
Supervisory panel:
Social media in emergencies: an examination of government accountability for risk communication and warning
30 Jun 2017
Under what circumstances is it likely that a statutory authority within the emergency management...
Melanie Baker-Jones Conference Poster 2016
12 Aug 2016
Emergency service agencies question whether legal implications can arise when using social media as...
Social Media: the Difference Between Public Expectation and the Ability to Blame at Law when Expectations are not Met?
18 Aug 2015
There are high public expectations for warning and risk communication during emergencies, they...
Legal implications of utilising social media for communication during a disaster: An analysis by Responder Group
25 Aug 2014
Social media plays an increasing role as a tool for: information dissemination, situational...

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