About Hazel Hall

Professor Hazel Hall is Professor of Social Informatics within the Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation at Edinburgh Napier University, UK.

Lecturer job vacancy: Creative and Social Informatics group, School of Computing, Edinburgh Napier University

The School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University is currently recruiting. Please pass the message on!

We are seeking to fill a vacancy for a lecturer post (grade 6, £38,183-£46,924, 2-year fixed term). The job is advertised on the University web site (along with the role description for lecturer posts) and jobs.ac.uk as ‘Lecturer in Business Information Systems’, with a deadline for applications of Tuesday 2nd May 2017.

The successful candidate will undertake teaching and research alongside colleagues in the Creative and Social Informatics group within the School of Computing. The Creative and Social Informatics group is one of three focus areas of the School for our research and teaching. (The others are Software Engineering, and Computer Networks and Security.)

The person appointed to the advertised role will be expected to contribute to the research activities of the Centre for Social Informatics (situated within the Creative and Social Informatics focus area).

Our research is concerned with ICT trajectories, socio-technical and organisational issues with particular focus on information seeking behaviour and use, democratic digital engagement, online communities, open data and open government, information policy and knowledge management. It is funded by a number of bodies including the UK research councils (AHRC, EPSRC and ESRC); government (for example, Skills Development Scotland); business; and professional bodies (for example, CILIP).

In REF2014 we contributed to the University’s submission to Unit of Assessment 36. 74% of the research output submitted was judged to be world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*). The research environment also attracted a high score of 90% 4* and 3*. Our result puts us in the top quartile nationally for Unit of Assessment 36.

In terms of teaching, we are looking for someone who will contribute to our undergraduate and postgraduate provision, including our new BSc IT Management for Business for Graduate Level Apprentices. We would be particularly interested in hearing from candidates who can bring skills in areas such as: information governance and security; systems analysis; information systems project management; and enterprise systems.

Further details of the knowledge, skills and experience required for the post are given in the job advert. NB all applicants are expected to hold a PhD (or to be about to complete one) in a relevant discipline.

Key dates

  • Tuesday 2nd May 2017: deadline for applications
  • Thursday 25th May 2017: anticipated interview date
  • Tuesday 1st August 2017: ideal start date

Useful links and further information

Iris Buunk, Laura Muir, Marwa Salayma, Tom Kane, John Mowbray & Frances Ryan

Staff and research students from the School of Computing: Iris Buunk, Dr Laura Muir, Marwa Salayma, Dr Tom Kane, John Mowbray, Lyndsey Jenkins & Frances Ryan

Commemorating the 400th anniversary of the death of John Napier (1550-1617)

Merchiston Tower

Merchiston Tower

Whenever I deliver an invited presentation to an international audience I like to give a little bit of background about myself, the city of Edinburgh, the city’s four universities, and my home institution: see for example slides 7-23 in the presentation that I recently gave in Brazil. For the latter I refer to the work of John Napier (1550-1617), after whom Edinburgh Napier University is named, and whose former home – Merchiston Tower – is situated on the campus where I work. Continue reading

Reflections on a first visit to the University of São Paulo

 university of sao paulo logoLast week I was honoured to visit Brazil as a guest of the Departamento de Engenharia de Produção da Politéchnica at the University of São Paulo.

My visit was timed to coincide with a two-day research symposium that showcased the work of the University’s Laboratório de Gestão Estratégica da Tecnologia da Informação, do Conhecimento e da Inteligência Competitiva (LETICIC) on 15th and 16th March 2017. The symposium was organised by Professor Renato de Oliveira Moraes of the Departamento de Engenharia de Produção. Renato was also the main host for my visit to São Paulo. Continue reading

Information Literacy for Democratic Engagement (IL-DEM) project: findings

Information Literacy group logoPeter Cruickshank, Dr Bruce Ryan and I recently completed the Information Literacy for Democratic Engagement (IL-DEM) project. This work set out to investigate levels of digital and information literacy within Scotland’s Community Council system. It was supported by a grant from the CILIP Information Literacy Group.

We explored how community councillors develop the skills required to inform and engage with the citizens that they represent, and how libraries support this work. In doing so have extended further two established research streams within the Centre for Social Informatics: (1) Cruickshank and Ryan’s work on digital engagement in local democracy (such as our DigiCC workshops), and (2) mine with Christine Irving on information literacy and life-long learning. This work also builds upon our group’s track record in library and information science research. Continue reading

Knowledge sharing and networking behaviours in job search: two new papers in the latest issue of Information Research

Information Research headerThe latest issue of  Information Research published this week includes two papers that draw on research from the Centre for Social Informatics. I was a co-author on both:

Buunk, I., Hall, H., & Smith, C.F. (2017). Tacit knowledge sharing: the determination of a methodological approach to explore the intangible. Information Research, 22(1).

Mowbray, J., Hall, H., Raeside, R., Robertson, P. (2017). The role of networking and social media tools during job search: an information behaviour perspective. Information Research, 22(1). Continue reading

An invitation to speak about the Centre for Social Informatics in Brazil

Next week I am travelling to Brazil at the invitation of Professor Renato de Oliveira Moraes of the University of São Paulo. While there I will make a contribution to a research symposium hosted by the Departamento de Engenharia de Produção da Politéchnica da USP.

The main aim of the symposium is to showcase the work of the University’s Laboratório de Gestão Estratégica da Tecnologia da Informação, do Conhecimento e da Inteligência Competitiva (LETICIC) (which roughly translates as the Centre for Strategic Information Technology, Knowledge Management, and Competitive Intelligence) to an audience of academics, postgraduate students, and practitioners. Continue reading