Current projects


Mothers’ information experience in social media and impact on decision making about health and wellness

Lead: Dr Kate Davis
Status: Undertaking literature review

This project explores mothers’ experience of information related to health topics in social media spaces and its impact on their decision making. In order to effectively use social media to engage with mothers, public health providers need to understand how mothers experience information in social media and how they apply it in decision making. This project will develop empirical insight into mothers’ information experience in social media and its impact on decision making about health topics. It will then apply this insight to make recommendations for how public health providers can engage mothers in social media spaces. The project has two interconnected research questions:

  1. How do mothers experience information related to health topics in social media?
  2. How does this impact on their decision making related to child health?

In addition to addressing these research questions, the project will develop a methodology for studying information experience in a way that can be operationalised within relatively short time frames while still maintaining research quality.


Review of The Next Horizon: VISION 2017 for Queensland public libraries

Lead: Dr Kate Davis
Team: Dr Matt Finch
Status: Completed; publishing results

The State Library of Queensland (State Library or SLQ) contracted the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) to undertake a project that would review the existing statewide vision for Queensland public libraries, The Next Horizon: VISION 2017 for Queensland public libraries, to inform the development of a new vision for the period 2018 to 2021. The statewide vision for Queensland public libraries is a joint initiative of the three major stakeholders in Queensland’s public libraries – State Library of Queensland (SLQ), the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) and the Queensland Public Library Association (QPLA).

Guided by a project working group comprising representatives from SLQ, LGAQ and QPLA, the objectives of the review were to:

  • assess stakeholder awareness, acceptance and use of VISION 2017
  • identify the purpose and use of a renewed vision
  • identify opportunities for optimising the value of a strategic vision.

The research team (Dr Kate Davis and Dr Matt Finch) collected data via interviews with library managers (19 interviews with 22 managers), workshops with library staff across the state (nine workshops for public library staff, from Cooktown to the Gold Coast, and one for State Library staff), and an online questionnaire that attracted 190 complete responses. The data collection and analysis was undertaken during September and October 2017.


Information experience in Twitter: a Boston-based case study

Lead: Professor Helen Partridge
Role: Investigator
Status: Analysis phase

This project uses an interview dataset collected in Boston by Professor Helen Partridge and explores the information experience of people who use Twitter as part of their everyday lives – that is, not only for study or work, but in their personal lives, too. This project will add to the growing base of studies exploring information experience in social media. It uses grounded theory and will produce substantive theory that explains the phenomenon.


Refining the blend: developing a student centred framework for multi-modal education

Lead: Kate Davis
Funding source: Science and Engineering Faculty Teaching and Learning Grant
Income: $15,000
Status: Publishing results

This project seeks to answer the questions: What are students’ preferences, expectations, and experiences with regard to their learning experiences? How might this inform development of a student-centered framework for learning for a dual mode cohort? The project is in the closure phase, with three publications in draft and advanced draft, all scheduled for submission in late 2016. Further details about this project are available at


Past projects

New mothers’ information experience in social media: a grounded theory study

My PhD study investigated new mothers’ information experience in social media. Find my thesis in QUT ePrints.


Is it tweet-worthy? (2013 – 2014)

Lead: Kathleen Smeaton
Independent research project

This project investigated the intersection of personal professional and organisational use of Twitter. Findings were presented at VALA 2014 and published in the form of a social media paper.


Mobile Research and Teaching (RaT) Lab (2014)

Lead: Professor Helen Partridge
Funding source: Science and Engineering Faculty Small Infrastructure Grant
Role: Technology selection, roll out of training and equipment, design and implementation of evaluation strategy

This grant provided funding for technology equipment that will be used to further our experimentation with online teaching and running synchronous online and face-to-face classes. It also provided recording equipment for use of data capture in the field.


Crossing boundaries with reading (2012)

Lead: Dr Hilary Hughes, Faculty of Education
Funding source: QUT Engagement Innovation Grant
Role: Contribution in kind and through student supervision

The project engaged QUT and community partners in a program of activities to promote reading and creative expression, and enhance digital literacy among high school students in a low socio-economic, culturally diverse community.


Digital literacy training program for Logan Libraries (2012)

Lead: Logan City Council Libraries
Funding source: State Library of Queensland
Role: In kind contribution to Logan Libraries’ iPad-based digital literacy training program (funded by State Library of Queensland grant)

My role in this project involved designing and delivering training for library staff in public program development with a focus on technology assisted programs. I produced training materials including video resources for later use by the organisation.


Developing a ‘whole of course’ approach to blended learning (2010 – 2011)

Lead: Kate Davis
Funding source: Faculty of Science and Technology Teaching and Learning Grant

This project was designed to explore whole-of-course approaches to blended learning, a topic that was missing from the literature at the time. As an outcome of this project, the team developed evidence based recommendations and guidelines for best practice in design for blended learning across a whole degree program. We have evolved and refined these guidelines since completion of this project.