Newly published: version 10 of the Centre for Social Informatics flyer (February 2020)

Centre for Social Informatics bannerWe have a newly updated Centre for Social Informatics flyer (version 10, no less!) Please follow the link to read about the work of our group, including details of research expertise, funders, recent PhD completions, and recent publications. The flyer includes profiles of the academic and research staff within our group:

  • Professor Hazel Hall
  • Dr David Brazier
  • Pritam Chita
  • Peter Cruickshank
  • Dr Wegene Demeke
  • Dr David Haynes (newly appointed to Edinburgh Napier University this term)
  • Dr Laura Muir
  • Dr Bruce Ryan
  • Dr Frances Ryan
  • Dr Colin Smith
  • Dr Ella Taylor-Smith
  • Dr Gemma Webster

Also profiled are our current research students:

  • Najla Alamri, studying interactive education for female students in Saudi Higher Education
  • Leo Appleton, who defended his PhD thesis on the value and impact of UK public libraries in the Information Society in December and is expected to graduate in July 2020, subject to approval of his thesis corrections
  • Iris Buunk, studying tacit knowledge sharing in the public sector
  • Lynn Killick, studying the future of the population census and its role in informing the good society
  • John Marshall, studying work-based learning environments (WBLE) for fostering industry-relevant skills and optimal economic performance (currently in year 1 of his 1+3 PhD programme)
  • Marina Milosheva, studying career information literacy and career decision-making skills of young people (currently in year 1 of her 1+3 PhD programme)
  • Lyndsey Middleton, who defended her thesis on workplace learning and innovative work behaviour in December and is expected to graduate, subject to approval of her thesis corrections
  • Rachel Salzano, studying the influence of culture on the use of public library resources amongst immigrant and refugee populations (just joined us in October 2019)
  • Katherine Stephen, studying workplace metaskills development

Many thanks to Dr Frances Ryan for the initial design of the flyer, and for updating the information for this version.

Dr David Haynes and Dr Colin Smith

Dr David Haynes (newly appointed to the Centre for Social Informatics) and Dr Colin Smith

How do information workers help people to manage their digital identities? Free workshop, Edinburgh, 27th February 2020


On Thursday 27th February my Centre for Social Informatics colleagues Peter Cruickshank and Dr Frances Ryan are hosting a free workshop at the Edinburgh Napier University Merchiston campus as part of the Digital identity security information practices of citizens (DISIPRAC) project. Continue reading

Social Informatics colleagues at the School of Computing New Year research conference 2020

Yesterday, on 15th January 2020, the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University held its annual New Year research conference. The format of the event included sessions on REF2021 led by Professor Ben Paechter and Professor Emma Hart, good practice in PhD supervision led by Professor Ahmed Al-Dubai, data management plans led by Dr Lindsay Ramage, research culture led by Dr Frances Ryan, and a series of short presentations on on-going research projects within the School. There were also good opportunities for networking in the breaks. Continue reading

Centre for Social Informatics ‘all centre’ meeting December 2019

Social Informatcis staff and students all centre meeting December 2019

At the Social Informatics ‘All centre’ meeting, L to R: John, Peter, Lyndsey, Katherine, Rachel, Marina, Laura, Hazel, Leo, Ella, David H, David B, Frances, Colin, Wegene, and Bruce

Every six months the staff and research students from the Social Informatics group at Edinburgh Napier University gather for an ‘All centre’ celebration of their recent achievements. The December 2019 gathering took place on Wednesday 18th December, with 19 participants. The format of the meeting allowed for a maximum 5 minute update from each person. Continue reading

What’s your reputation? Newly published research on parallels between academic and personal reputation building, management and evaluation


Build, manage, and evaluate: information practices and personal reputations on social media platforms, has just been published in the December 2019 issue of Information Research. I co-authored this paper with Dr Frances Ryan, Peter Cruickshank, and Alistair Lawson. Its content draws on some of the findings from Frances’ doctoral study on the use of online information in the management of personal reputation. Continue reading

Newly published: autumn 2019 edition of the Centre for Social Informatics flyer

We have a newly updated Centre for Social Informatics flyer for autumn 2019. Please follow the link to read about the work of our group, including details of research expertise, funders, recent PhD completions, and recent publications. The flyer includes profiles of the academic and research staff within our group: Continue reading

Congratulations Dr Alicja Pawluczuk!

Alicja Pawluczuk Gemma Webster

Dr Alicja Pawluczuk and Dr Gemma Webster

Congratulations to our Centre for Social Informatics colleague Dr Alicja Pawluczuk! Alicja was one of nine School of Computing PhD graduands at the Edinburgh Napier University graduation ceremony at the Usher Hall yesterday afternoon.

Alicja’s PhD is entitled Youth digital culture co-creation: measuring social impact in Scotland. The purpose of the research was to develop knowledge of social impact evaluation of youth digital projects in Scotland. Dr Gemma Webster was Alicja’s Director of Studies, her second supervisor was Dr Colin Smith, and I was her third supervisor. For further information about the specifics of the research questions, outcomes, theoretical contributions, and recommendations from the work, please see Alicja’s #digiIMPACT page on her web site at

Following the graduation ceremony, several of Alicja’s colleagues and fellow PhD students joined her at Café Grande in Bruntsfield to toast her success. Continue reading