Hello! My name is Elham Sayyad-Abdi (but please feel free to call me Ellie). I am an information researcher with a passion to conduct research with social purpose.
At present, I’m a Post-doctoral Researcher at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), and a research Associate at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ)
My academic journey began with completing a PhD at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia in 2014. Following my doctoral study, I served as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in QUT’s Master of Information Science for 5 years.
I have served once as a Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence (AY 2018/19) at the University of the Pacific, USA, and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK since 2018.
My research focuses on complex and dynamic social problems, such as social exclusion of marginalized communities, from an information lens. The aim is to provide relevant, meaningful, usable and yet transformational solutions for real world problems.
To ensure the maximum impact of my research, I bring together academic research and real-world practice in my projects. My projects involve the perspectives of researchers, practitioners and all stakeholders in different phases of the project, to facilitate a transdisciplinary and systemic way of addressing the social challenges under investigation.
To do such research, in the past few years, I’ve been developing an information research approach called Information Experience Design (IXD). IXD is about understanding people’s experience of information use in order to inform the design and development of more relevant, meaningful and usable services and products. When applied to social contexts, the designed and developed interventions improve people’s lives by empowering them for more engaged, informed, inclusive and interconnected citizenry.
I have been fortunate to obtain a wide range of teaching experiences, working with undergraduate and graduate students, both in Australia and in the US, in synchronously and asynchronously face-to-face and online mode classrooms.
From 2014 to 2018, I coordinated and taught in the Master of Information Science at Queensland University of Technology. This included teaching a variety of information subjects such as Information Literacy, Information Behavior, Information Architecture, Information Retrieval, Information Resources, Information Organisation, Professional Practice in LIS, and Management issue for Information Professionals.
My teaching experience was further enriched by the teaching component of a Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence program in AY 2018/19 at the University of the Pacific, CA, USA where I taught undergraduate students about effective academic skills.
As part of my academic employment, I have supervised higher degree research students. So far, I have graduated one Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship-winner PhD student (2018) and two Master’s students (2017). I also regularly serve on the Confirmation and Final Seminar Panel of doctoral and Master’s students.
I’ve always tried to contribute to the information community as much as I could.
Currently, I’m co-chairing the Research Advisory Committee of the Australian Library and Information Association’s (2019-2020) in Australia. At an international level, I’m the convenor of the LIS Education in Developing Countries SIG (2017-2019) at the International Federation of Library and Information Associations (IFLA). I also regularly review for information journals and conferences .
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