About Hazel Hall

Professor Hazel Hall

Professor Hazel Hall (photo credit PSD Photography)

I’m Professor of Social Informatics in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University and Docent in Information Studies in the School of Business and Economics at Åbo Akademi, Finland.

This is my personal web site. Here I maintain a blog, keep an archive of my research output and popular hand-outs, link through to my external presentations on SlideShare, and provide my full contact details for anyone who would like to get in touch with me.

My main research expertise and teaching interests lie in information sharing in online environments within the context of knowledge management. Other themes in which I maintain an active interest include social computing/media, online communities and collaboration, library and information science research, and research impact. I have published and presented widely in these areas for international refereed journals and conferences (including keynote presentations at international events), with further publication activity including professional press and monograph contributions.

My doctoral thesis considered the role of the intranet in knowledge sharing. As well as holding a doctorate awarded by the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier and a Masters degree in Library and Information Studies, I studied French and Italian language and literature as an undergraduate at the Universities of Birmingham, Nantes and Paris Sorbonne.

My work cuts across the interests of three of the major UK research councils: the EPSRC, the ESRC and the AHRC. For example, I have served on panels of the EPSRC, in 2012/13 I was chair of the Information Science pathway of the ESRC’s Scottish Doctoral Training Centre, and from 2005 to 2009 I was a member of the Peer Review College for the AHRC. I have a particular interest in RCUK’s Digital Economy (DE) programme as a member of the DE programme impact review panel in 2012, in my appointment to the DE Programme Advisory Board (PAB) in 2014, and my appointment as the PAB’s Chair in 2015.

I currently serve on the editorial board of Journal of Information Science. I was a member of the editorial board of Library and Information Science Research between 2004 and 2010, and of Aslib Journal of Information Management (known as Aslib Proceedings until the end of 2013) from 2011 until 2014. I also have much experience of conference organisation, having worked on a number of international conference programme committees (as listed on my CV). I was a trustee of the John Campbell Trust from 2009 to 2014.

Other external duties completed in the past have included serving on the British Library Advisory Committee for Research and Innovation, committees of the Institute of Information Scientists and UKOLUG (now UKeIG).

I have performed several roles at various examination boards and validations in both in the UK and internationally, examining to PhD level in English and in French.

I have an extensive contact network that comprises information/knowledge management and social computing/media practitioners and researchers across academia and industry. I have completed research and consultancy with companies such as KPMG, Sun Microsystems, TFPL Ltd and Scottish Enterprise. I worked in London on a full-time secondment with TFPL Ltd in 2006, supported by the award of an Industrial Secondment Grant from the Royal Academy of Engineering.

I have won a number of awards for my work, including the 2016 Jason Farradane Award. My work leading the implementation of the UK Library and Information Science Research Coalition completed between 2009 and 2012 was recognised in the award of IWR Information Professional of the Year 2009, and the 2011 SLA Europe Information Professional award. I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2017.

AS_RGB_Bronze-AwardFrom 2013 until 2016 I was Edinburgh Napier University’s Academic Champion for Athena SWAN, the charter for gender equality in higher education. I led the University’s Athena SWAN bronze award bid in 2014, which resulted a successful outcome (at first attempt) announced in April 2015. I am now the University’s Research Lead for equality.

Details on the best ways to contact me are given on the Contacts page of this web site.

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