About Hazel Hall

Professor Hazel Hall is Professor of Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University, UK, Docent of Information Studies a Åbo Akademi, Finland.

Job vacancy: Professor in Social Informatics, Edinburgh Napier University (full-time, permanent)

view, Edinburgh, Napier, University, Merichston, campus

View of the city from Edinburgh Napier University Merchiston campus, home of the Social Informatics research group

Scotland’s top modern university for research power and impact is recruiting a new Professor in Social Informatics. Please pass the message on!

Full details of the job can be found in the advertisement on jobs.ac.uk, and by following the links on the Edinburgh Napier University ‘work with us; page. The deadline for applications is Sunday 4th September 2022, with Interviews expected to take place in the week of 10th October 2022.

This is a senior full-time permanent research, teaching, and leadership role (grade 8, £65,573-£74,735) for an experienced academic whose research interests and expertise align with, and will develop, those of the Social Informatics research group. The group currently comprises ten academic staff, three research staff, one emeritus professor, one visiting professor, and nine PhD students (the majority of whom hold studentships awarded through our membership of the ESRC-funded Scottish Graduate School of Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership). The professor will be expected to play a key role in leading the research group, especially in terms of driving the research agenda and leading the exploration of new foundational research areas.

The successful candidate will add to the research of the experienced team whose research covers the broad areas of:

  • democratic digital engagement
  • e-government
  • information behaviour and practices
  • information and digital literacy
  • information and knowledge management
  • information policy
  • the information Society
  • online communities
  • technology and policy development
  • work-based and organisational learning

We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates who offer specific expertise in one or more of the following (or related) topics:

  • creative qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • design, implementation and evaluation of collaborative participatory digital media/services
  • ethical aspects of technology development (e.g. artificial intelligence)
  • gender and digital skills
  • health information behaviour
  • impacts of online archive and library collections
  • information governance and trust
  • information retrieval
  • information systems
  • information/knowledge sharing
  • knowledge representation
  • management of information services
  • open access publishing
  • privacy, risk, and online safety
  • reuse of digital heritage materials
  • technologies and organisational change

This is a fabulous opportunity to join a very friendly, productive, and successful research group located in one of the best cities in the world: Edinburgh has recently been ranked top in the 2022 Time Out index; see also the photo gallery of our beautiful city below. Other benefits of the role include a 30% time allocation for research, as well as a fully-funded UK PhD studentship to be filled within the first year of appointment.

Social Informatics Research Group Edinburgh Napier University selfie

Come and join us! Pictured here: Dr Peter Cruickshank, Dr David Brazier, Dr David Haynes, Professor Hazel Hall, Katherine Stephen (front); Dr JP Vargheese, Dr Bruce Ryan (back). For profiles of all members of the group, please see our flyer.

The successful candidate will be joining a growing School, ranked third in Scotland in REF2021 in the two units of assessment to which members of the Social Informatics group contributed: 11 Computer Science and Informatics; 34 Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management. This REF2021 performance includes a 100% 4* rating for research impact for unit of assessment 11, a performance achieved by only six other universities in the UK. In unit of assessment 34 we also demonstrated particular strengths in research impact (100% 3* and 4*), and research environment (90% 3* and 4*).

For further details, please see the full ad on jobs.ac.uk. I will also be pleased to speak anyone interested in the post. In the first instance, please email me at h.hall@napier.ac.uk.

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Updated flyer details work of social informatics researchers at Edinburgh Napier University

A new version (v18) of the Centre for Social Informatics flyer is now available from the Social Informatics blog on the Edinburgh Napier University web pages.

Please follow the link to read about the work of our research group, including details of research expertise, funders, recent PhD completions, and recent publications. The flyer also profiles the academic and research staff within the research group, alongside our current research students.

Centre, Social, Informatics, flyer, Napier, Edinburgh, University

Page 1 of the  updated flyer features photos from our last ‘all centre’ meeting, which took place on 22nd June 2022

The creative use of digitised archives: roundtable to be presented at the BBC at 100 Symposium

The BBC at 100 symposium, organised by Dr Marcus Collins, Reader in Contemporary History and AHRC BBC 100 Fellow at Loughborough University, takes place at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, and online, between 13th and 15th September 2022. A team from the Centre for Social Informatics (CSI), with a colleague from the BBC Archive, is delighted to be presenting at this event. Continue reading

Forthcoming contributions to the Organisational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities (OLKC) conference 2022

The next Organisational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities (OLKC) conference takes place in in Trollhättan, Sweden from September 7th-9th 2022. Several members of the Centre for Social Informatics have contributed to research outputs that will be presented at the conference. Continue reading

Congratulations to Dr Alamri, Dr Chita, and Dr Meharg

Edinburgh Napier University graduation 2022 logo
Many congratulations to all who graduated at the Edinburgh Napier University ceremonies last week!

I am especially pleased that three members of the Centre for Social Informatics (CSI) were awarded their PhDs on 7th July 2022: Continue reading

Centre for Social Informatics ‘all centre’ meeting June 2022

Social Informatics Research Group Edinburgh Napier University selfie

Dr Peter Cruickshank, Dr David Brazier, Dr David Haynes, Dr Hazel Hall, Katherine Stephen, Dr Bruce Ryan, and Dr JP Vargheese pose for a post-meeting selfie

For the first time since 18th December 2019, this week members of my research group gathered for an end of year ‘all centre’ meeting to celebrate our recent research highlights.

Although not everyone could make it on this occasion, those who could enjoyed spending the afternoon of Wednesday 22nd June together. We took it in turns to deliver short personal updates to the rest of the group on our own research. We also read out details sent to us by email from those who could not participate in person, and gave each absent colleague a round of applause. Continue reading

The public library as public sphere: a longitudinal analysis – full article available as EarlyCite

Appleton Hall 2022 public library sphere EarlyCiteThe public library and pubic sphere: a longitudinal analysis is now available as a full paper (HTML or PDF) from the Journal of Documentation as an EarlyCite publication. This is the final output from Dr Leo Appleton‘s part-time doctoral study, completed in 2020 within the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University. Continue reading

Applications open for 10 fully-funded PhD studentship places within the School of Computing, Edinburgh Napier University

PhD supervisors Dr Frances Ryan, Dr David Haynes, Debbie Meharg, Dr David Brazier

PhD supervisors from the Centre for Social Informatics

The School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University is currently advertising ten fully-funded PhD studentships across a wide range of subjects, from sound technologies to cybersecurity. Amongst these are four proposed by Centre for Social Informatics colleagues: Continue reading

Lorna Lloyd’s ‘Diary of the war’ podcast series launch event: review and resources

Bethany Ray plays Lorna Lloyd

Actor Bethany Ray, pictured here with the original  Diary of the war, plays her great-great aunt Lorna Lloyd in the podcast series

After several weeks of preparation, on Tuesday 24th May 2022 we launched the Diary of the war podcast series at Great Malvern Priory. This blog post provides a review of the launch. It also provides links to materials related to this event, and to the wider Platform to platform (P2P) project. (Please scroll to the bottom of the post for the full list of resources.)

The content of the podcast series episodes centres on 25 year old Malvern resident Lorna Lloyd‘s chronicle of the first 16 months of World War II, complemented with contemporaneous news coverage related to the events and issues that she discusses in her writing. A further four ‘bonus’ episodes that comprise a selection of Lloyd’s poetry are included in the series. Continue reading

Acceptances at Information Seeking in Context (ISIC) 2022 for Edinburgh Napier team #isic22

iSchools, Inc. - Contributions sought for 2022 Information Seeking in Context

Centre for Social Informatics PhD student Marina Milosheva has recently learnt that both of the submissions that she made earlier in the year for Information Seeking in Context (ISIC) 2022 have been accepted. Marina will participate in the doctoral workshop, and present a full paper co-authored with her PhD supervisors (myself, Professor Pete Robertson, and Dr Peter Cruickshank) as one of the contributions to the conference programme. Continue reading