Congratulations Dr Iris Buunk!

Congratulations to our Centre for Social Informatics colleague Dr Iris Buunk on the award of her PhD yesterday. Normally we would have celebrated with Iris at the Edinburgh Napier University graduation ceremony at the Usher Hall. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, however, we had to find an alternative way to mark Iris’s achievement: a jolly drinks party on Zoom.

Although video conferencing is not the ideal platform for a party, this gathering on Zoom worked out rather well to bring together 15 current and former members of the Centre for Social Informatics (plus one gate-crasher) from various locations – including Iris’ home in Slovenia – to celebrate. It was particularly good to see the familiar faces of those who no longer work/study with us:

Iris captured the screenshot below during the proceedings. Everyone who joined in the fun features here with the exception of Dr David Brazier and Dr Wegene Demeke. The sharp-eyed will notice that three of us are sitting together well wrapped-up outside to toast Iris together: that’s me in the hat sitting with Dr Ella Taylor-Smith, and the gate-crasher.

Iris Buunk Zoom graduation party

All but David B and Wegene at the Zoom graduation drinks party

Iris was awarded her PhD for her thesis entitled Social media as facilitators of tacit knowledge sharing amongst public sector employees. Iris’ findings derive from analysis of empirical data collected by questionnaire and interview from members of an online knowledge sharing platform dedicated to supporting those who work within public sector bodies, mainly in Scotland. The main contribution of Iris’ research is an extension of understanding of the ways in which social media affordances render tacit knowledge visible. In her thesis Iris demonstrates that this visibility enhances knowledge awareness. In turn, it contributes to the building of collective intelligence, the enhancement of learning processes, and the seeding of new collaborations amongst public sector employees. I was Iris’ Director of Studies, with Dr Colin Smith her second supervisor.

Over the course of her doctoral study Iris produced a number of outputs from her doctoral work:

The full text of Iris’ thesis will be added to the Edinburgh Napier repository in due course. In the meantime, the photograph below shows Iris with a hard copy of her work.

Dr Iris Buunk with her thesis

Congratulations Dr Frances Ryan!

Dr Frances Ryan

Dr Frances Ryan (photo credit Harry Elwin)

Congratulations to Dr Frances Ryan, who was awarded her PhD at the Edinburgh Napier University graduation ceremony at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh today. I was Frances’ Director of Studies, her second supervisor was Alistair Lawson, and third supervisor Peter Cruickshank.

Frances’ thesis is entitled Reputation management in a digital world: The role of online information in the building, management, and evaluation of personal reputations. In her research Frances investigated two broad themes: (1) the means by which people evaluate or assess the personal reputations of others from the online evidence available to them and (2) how people manage their own personal reputations through their use of online information, and the extent to which those behaviours are intentional. These themes are addressed with reference to the broader information science literature on information behaviour and use, including aspects of bibliometric research that focuses on citation practice and citation analysis. For further information on Frances’ doctoral research and related publications/presentations, please see her blog at francesryanphd.com. Continue reading

Congratulations Dr John Mowbray!

PhD graduate Dr John Mowbray with his Director of Studies Professor Hazel Hall

PhD graduate Dr John Mowbray with his Director of Studies Professor Hazel Hall

Congratulations to Dr John Mowbray, who was awarded his PhD at the Edinburgh Napier University graduation ceremony at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh yesterday. I was John’s Director of Studies, his second supervisor was Professor Robert Raeside, and third supervisor Pete Robertson.

John’s PhD was funded by an ESRC Skills Development Scotland Collaborative studentship. We won the grant for the award through a competitive process administered by the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science in spring 2014, and John came to us later in the October of that year having applied for the PhD studentship that we advertised in June 2014. Continue reading