Curriculum Vitae

Below is the short form of my curriculum vitae. The full version is available on request.


Research focus: Information sharing, access, and use in online environments in everyday life contexts and “lived” or real-world, experiences, including issues of identity and reputation and determinations of trust and the management of personal health.

Research interests: Human information behaviour; everyday life information behaviour; social informatics; health informatics; social media use; online reputation and identity; and trust in digital environments


  • PhD, Information Science (2019) Edinburgh Napier University; Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
  • Master of Letters, Media and Culture (with distinction) (2012) University of Stirling; Stirling, Scotland, UK
  • Bachelor of Arts, Public Relations; Minor, Historical Tourism (2003) Central Washington University; Ellensburg, Wash., USA
  • Undergraduate study abroad year (2001—2002) Napier University; Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Academic Work Experience

  • Lecturer, Edinburgh Napier University; Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (Nov 2021—present)
  • Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen; Aberdeen, Scotland, UK (Mar 2020—Sept 2021)
  • Qualitative post-doctoral researchers on EPSRC-funded research project, “RAinS: Realising Accountable Intelligent Systems”
    • Demonstrator: Human Computer Interaction (Online, Undergraduate and Postgraduate)
  • Post-doctoral Research Fellow, The University of Dundee; Dundee, Scotland, UK (April 2019—Mar 2020)
    Qualitative post-doctoral researcher on EPSRC-funded research project, “TAPESTRY: Trust, Authentication and Privacy over a DeCentralised Social Registry”
  • Post-doctoral Research Assistant, Edinburgh Napier University; Edinburgh, Scotland (Jan 2019—April 2020)
    (1) Named researcher on Carnegie Trust Research Incentive Grant using qualitative methods to investigate the lived experiences of social media proxies who manage online social media accounts for adults with dementia.
    (2) Named researcher on internally funded workshop-based research investigating the information security practices associated with digital identity and “digital proxies”.
  • Associate Lecturer, Edinburgh Napier University; Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (Sept 2017—June 2019)

Selected Publications, Presentations, and Workshops

Full list with links available here.

Cruickshank, P., Webster, G., & Ryan, F. (2020). Assisting information practice: Information intermediary to social proxy. Information Research25(4 (supplement)).

Ryan, F., Cruickshank, P., Hall, H., Lawson, A. (2020). Blurred reputations: Managing professional and private information online. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 52(1), 16-26.

Ryan, F., Hall, H., Cruickshank, P., Lawson, A. (2019). Build, manage and evaluate: Information practices and personal reputations on social media platforms. Paper presented at Conceptions of Library and Information Science (CoLIS) conference, 16 – 19 June 2019, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Ryan, F., Cruickshank, P., Hall, H., Lawson, A. (2017). Building identity in online environments: An Information Science perspective. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) 2017, Washington DC, US, 27 October – 1 November 2017.

Ryan, F., Cruickshank, P., Hall, H., Lawson, A. (2017). Blurred reputations: Managing profession and private information online. Paper presented at i3: information: interactions and impact (i3) 2017, Aberdeen, Scotland.

Ryan, F., Cruickshank, P., Hall, H., Lawson, A. (2016). Managing and evaluating personal reputations on the basis of information shared on social media: A Generation X perspective. Information Research. 21(4).

Ryan, F., Cruickshank, P., Hall, H., Lawson, A. (2016). Personal online reputation: the development of an approach to investigate how personal reputation is evaluated and managed in online environments. In: Proceedings of the 2nd International Data and Information Management Conference (IDIMC). 25 Jan 2016. University of Loughborough, England. (Awarded best paper.)

Building your academic reputation online. Workshop delivered at Scottish Graduate School of Social Science Summer School 2017. University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 8 June 2017.

Personal online reputations: Managing what you can’t control. Invited talk at DARTS: Discover Academic Research, Training, and Support Conference, Dartington Hall, Devon, England, 2 June 2016.

Ryan, F., Cruickshank, P., Hall, H., Lawson, A. (2015). Assessing the available and accessible evidence: How personal reputations are determined and managed online. Short paper presented at Information: interactions and impact (i3), June 2015, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland.

Life in a digital fishbowl: Managing your reputation online. Invited talk at Skeptics on the Fringe, Edinburgh, 18 August 2014.

Grants and Awards

  • Edinburgh Napier University Research Funding Competition (2019/20)
  • Carnegie Trust Research Incentive Grant (2019)
  • Edinburgh Napier University Research Funding Competition (2016/17)
  • John Campbell Trust Conference and Travel Grant (2016)
  • ASIST Membership Grant (2016)
  • Principal’s Research Excellence Award for Outstanding Contribution to University Life by a Research Student: Edinburgh Napier University (2016)
  • First Place: Third-Year Presentation: Edinburgh Napier University, School of Computing PhD Student Conference (2016)
  • Research Development Grant, Edinburgh Napier University (2015/16)
  • Best Paper: 2nd International Data and Information Management Conference (IDIMC) (2016)
  • Best 5-Minute Madness Presentation: 2nd International Data and Information Management Conference (IDIMC) (2016)

Academic Committees and Extracurricular Responsibilities

  • Research & Innovation Committee; Edinburgh Napier University School of Computing (June 2015—Oct 2016)
  • PhD Student Representative; Edinburgh Napier University School of Computing (June 2015—Oct 2016)
  • Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team; Edinburgh Napier University (April 2015—May 2016)
  • Connect (Student Champion); Edinburgh Napier University (Sept 2014—Aug 2015)

Non-Academic Professional Experience

  • Sporting Chance Initiative; Public Relations and Communications Manager; Stirling, Scotland (Aug 2012—Sept 2013)
  • Freelance Communications Consultant; Edinburgh, Scotland & USA (Jan 2000—Sept 2013)
  • Washington State University College of Business; Creative Director, Communications Director; Pullman, Wash., USA (July 2006—July 2011)
  • Foster Pepper PLLC; Marketing Coordinator; Seattle, Wash., USA (Aug 2004—May 2006)
  • Customer Service Work; Kittitas County, Wash., USA (Feb 1989—Aug 2001)


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