Collaborators

Will Sutherland

Master's Student

Will Sutherland is a master's student in Information Science at the University of North Carolina. Prior to coming to UNC, Will earned a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Colorado, Boulder. During his studies there he researched American propaganda campaigns during World War I. His research has since turned towards information and communication technologies in society. He has a particular interest in information infrastructures, knowledge work, and the web.

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Sarah Beth Nelson

PhD Student

Sarah Beth Nelson is a PhD student in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina. Her research interest is contemporary oral communication, with a focus on the information behaviors present in the reality (true, personal, edgy) storytelling movement. She is also conducting collaborative research on the information practices of mobile knowledge workers. Sarah Beth holds a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Alabama and a Specialist in Education with a focus on School Library Media from the University of Georgia. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, she was an elementary librarian at The Lovett School in Atlanta, Georgia. Sarah Beth also performs as a storyteller, mostly for adult audiences, in festivals, fringes, story slams, and curated programs.

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Grace Shin

PhD Student

Grace is a PhD student at School of Information and Library Science (UNC). Her research interests lie at the intersection of Health Informatics and Human-Computer Interaction. Her research specifically explores ways to support self-monitoring practices such that people can more easily collect personal data, learn their behavioral patterns, and develop positive changes. Grace received a BSc in Computer Science from Sookmyung Women's University and a MSc in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Leslie Thomson

PhD Student

Leslie Thomson has been a Royster Fellow and PhD Student at UNC Chapel Hill since August 2013, interested in the information behaviours and personal information management of professionals, particularly home office users and nomadic workers. She graduated from the University of Toronto’s Master of Information Studies program in 2010, after completing a thesis that focused on information practices in home offices. She has four years of library work experience at the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto.

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Dr. Steve Sawyer

Professor

Steve Sawyer is associate dean for research and a professor at the School of Information Studies, Syracuse University . He conducts research in the social informatics tradition with particular attention to the ways in which people organize to work together and use information and communication technologies. Steve leads courses that focus student’s attention to the design, development and implementation of information systems, managing projects and systems, and to the roles of information and communication technologies relative to organizational and social change. Steve received his D.B.A. in Management Information Systems from Boston University.

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Dr. Ingrid Erickson

Assistant Professor

Ingrid is an assistant professor at the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University. Ingrid’s scholarly interests lie at the intersection of information, management science, and innovation studies. She received her Ph.D. from the Center for Work, Technology & Organization in the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University in 2009, where she wrote a dissertation on the use of locative technology for mobile communication and organizing.

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I have been fortunate enough to collaborate with several great researchers from multiple institutions on different projects. Here are some of those I am currently collaborating with.

Ongoing Research Projects

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    Digital materiality

    An examination of the ways information representation provided by activity tracking (e.g., Fitbit) devices may affect user’s perception and behaviors.

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    Digital Infrastructures of Mobile Knowledge Work

    A study of the ways mobile knowledge workers conduct information practices, and the ways they assemble, arrange, enact and draw on digital infrastructure.

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    Social Technologies and Informal Knowledge Sharing within and across Organizations

    A study of multiple forms of social technologies and their potential for informal knowledge sharing practices in organizational context.

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    Digital Nomadism

    An investigation into the use and adaptation of digital technologies in the work practices of digital nomads, a community of borderless, self-employed remote workers who gather around the shared practices of living and working nomadically, and around a lifestyle of endless travel adventures.