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Assessing views towards energy sources with social media data: The case of nuclear energy in the UAE

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dc.contributor.author Contu, Davide
dc.contributor.author Elshareif, Elgilani Eltahir
dc.contributor.author Gurrib, Ikhlaas
dc.date.accessioned 2021-11-24T12:26:42Z
dc.date.available 2021-11-24T12:26:42Z
dc.date.copyright © 2021
dc.date.issued 2021-11
dc.identifier.citation Contu, D., Elshareif, E. E., & Gurrib, I. (2021). Assessing views towards energy sources with social media data: The case of nuclear energy in the UAE. Processes, 9(11). https://doi.org/10.3390/pr9111945 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 22279717
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.3390/pr9111945
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12519/469
dc.description This article is not available at CUD collection. The version of scholarly record of this article is published in Processes (2021), available online at: https://doi.org/10.3390/pr9111945 en_US
dc.description.abstract Insights from the analysis of views towards energy sources are of paramount importance for the setting of successful energy policies, especially in instances where the public might be reluctant towards certain projects’ implementations. This work presents an analysis of social media comments data given in response to posts around the connection to the grid of a nuclear plant reactor in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). We assessed comments on Facebook posts of local and international media, as well those written in response to a post of a social media influencer. We extracted the main themes and performed sentiment analysis. The results indicate the presence of mixed views towards nuclear energy when focusing on comments on international media’s posts as well as on the social media influencer’s post considered, whilst they were very positive when assessing comments to local media. All in all, nuclear waste and previous nuclear accidents appear to be as the top of the mind; at the same time, solar energy is often suggested in the comments as a viable energy source for the UAE. Implications for the communication of nuclear energy developments in social media are discussed. © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https:// creativecommons.org/licenses/by/ 4.0/). en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher MDPI en_US
dc.relation Authors Affiliations : Contu, D., Faculty of Management, Canadian University Dubai, P.O. Box 415053, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Elshareif, E.E., Faculty of Management, Canadian University Dubai, P.O. Box 415053, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Gurrib, I., Faculty of Management, Canadian University Dubai, P.O. Box 415053, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
dc.relation.ispartofseries Processes;Volume 9, Issue 11
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subject Climate change en_US
dc.subject Nuclear energy en_US
dc.subject Renewable energy en_US
dc.subject Social media en_US
dc.title Assessing views towards energy sources with social media data: The case of nuclear energy in the UAE en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.rights.holder Copyright : © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https:// creativecommons.org/licenses/by/ 4.0/).


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