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.

Research

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 a Master of Information Science program. 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 a Bachelor of Information Technology program. That unit took a user-focus and explored issues and trends with social technologies.

Teaching and learning has been a passion for me throughout my academic career. 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!

Service

I’m currently a member of the program committee for Information Online 2019. I am also part of a number of Australian Digital Inclusion Alliance project teams. 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.

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Super short bio

Kate Davis is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Southern Queensland’s Digital Life Lab. She is a social scientist who researches information experience, particularly in the context of social media. Kate also undertakes applied research in information studies. Find Kate online at katedavis.info or follow her on Twitter

Short bio

Kate Davis is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Southern Queensland’s Digital Life Lab. She is a social scientist who researches information experience, particularly in the context of social media, using qualitative approaches designed to get to the heart of people’s experience. She is at the forefront of this emerging area of scholarship. Her doctoral study exploring the information experience of new mothers in social media produced the first theoretical rendering of information experience as an object of study. In addition to her information experience research, Kate has a strong track record as an applied researcher in information studies, built on her experience as a practitioner-researcher and developed in more recent years through a range of projects exploring social technologies and their use in the library and information professions.

Find Kate online at katedavis.info or follow her on Twitter @katiedavis

Long bio

Kate Davis is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Southern Queensland’s (Australia) Digital Life Lab. She is a social scientist who researches information experience, particularly in the context of social media, using qualitative approaches designed to get to the heart of people’s experience. She is at the forefront of this emerging area of scholarship. Her doctoral study exploring the information experience of new mothers in social media produced the first theoretical rendering of information experience as an object of study. In 2014, she co-edited the volume Information experience: approaches to theory and practice, a book designed to initiate dialogue on information experience as a research domain. In addition to her information experience research, Kate has a strong track record as an applied researcher in information studies, built on her experience as a practitioner-researcher and developed over the last eight years through a range of projects exploring social technologies and their use in the library and information professions.

Kate is a librarian by trade with a background in public and national libraries. From 2010 to 2016, she taught in, and then coordinated, a Master of Information Science program. During that time her teaching centred on library and information studies (particularly units related to online service delivery, programming and collection management) and social technologies. Kate is an innovative teacher who takes a scholarly approach to her teaching practice. Her excellence in teaching practice has been acknowledged through awards and nominations.

Kate is an experienced facilitator with practical expertise in design-based workshop development and delivery. She is a sought-after speaker and workshop facilitator who is regularly invited to speak and facilitate at major Australian Library and Information Science conferences and events.

Find Kate online at katedavis.info or follow her on Twitter @katiedavis