about kate

I’m a Senior Research Fellow in the brand new Digital Life Lab at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ). I’m also a Visiting Fellow at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), where I continue to supervise PhD candidates.


I am an interdisciplinary human experience researcher with interests in social media research, information research (particularly in the context of social media), and scholarship of teaching and learning. There are many synergies between these research domains and I capitalise on these by researching at the nexus of these three domains: my social media research, information research and teaching and learning research all focus on people’s experience of digital life, related to work, study and their everyday lives. My social media research to date has had three foci: applications of social media in information organisations and personal professional use by information professionals (work); information experience in social media (everyday life); and social media use in higher education (study).

I primarily research in the emerging domain of information experience and I am also broadly interested in the way people experience social media as part of their everyday lives. I combined these two interests in my PhD study, with a program of research that explored new mothers’ information experience in social media. I completed my PhD in 2015.

Teaching and learning

In the past, my teaching has been primarily focused in the Information Management and Library and Information Practice majors of the Master of Information Science. In the Masters program, my teaching focused on online information service provision and emerging and social technologies in information practice, including related areas like information architecture, information design, content management, web governance, social media policy, and online service delivery.

I also designed and taught a unit called Social Technologies in the Bachelor of Information Technology. This unit takes a user-focus and explores issues and trends with social technologies.

Teaching and learning has been a passion for me over the last seven years. While I’m currently not teaching, I am still working on research in the teaching and learning space. You can read about my past adventures in teaching and learning on my blog  higheredukate where I’ve posted about my adventures in teaching and learning. The blog is dormant at the moment, given I’m not teaching, but I’ll be back there one day!


I’m currently a member of the program committee for Information Online 2019. More on my past committee involvement.

Just Kate

When I’m not working, I like to hang out with my family, make stuff (I’m a sewer and crafter), and binge watch TV series.