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Dr Kate Davis

Dr Kate Davis
Name Kate Davis
Position Adjunct Senior Research Fellow
Section School of Business
Phone +61 7 3470 4321
Extension 4321
Qualifications BA Qld , GDipLib&InSt QUT , PhD QUT
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As a Senior Research Fellow, Kate Davis conducts high quality research and establishes working relationships locally, nationally and internationally within and external to USQ. Kate researches how people experience information, with a focus on people's engagement with information in social media. Kate is kicking off a project that explores how mothers experience information about parenting in social media and how those experiences impact their decision making about health topics. Kate undertakes research consultancy work for library and information organisation. Kate's service responsibilities include conference and advisory committee roles.

Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Librarianship ( 080706 )
  • Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies ( 200102 )
  • Higher Education ( 130103 )
  • Library and Information Studies ( 080700 )
  • Human Information Behaviour ( 080703 )
  • Communication Technology And Digital Media Studies ( 470102 )
  • Library Studies ( 461006 )
  • Library And Information Studies ( 461000 )
  • Higher Education ( 390303 )
  • Human Information Behaviour ( 461002 )
  • Communication And Media Studies ( 470100 )
  • Education Systems ( 390300 )

Research interests
I research at the nexus of people, information and technology. I’m 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. My work focuses on people’s experience of digital life, related to work, study and their everyday lives. Right now, my primary research focus relates to information experience. Information experience research explores how people engage with information in a given context.

My current research projects are:
* Mothers’ information experience in social media and impact on decision making about health and wellness
* Information experience in Twitter: a Boston-based case study
* Public library staff and professional development: an exploratory study
* Inspiring Australia Queensland STEM Club Framework
* Understanding the post-release technology experiences of women ex-prisoners: Do they have the access and literacies to support employment and study?

I currently supervise a number of Higher Degree by Research students at both USQ and the Queensland University of Technology, in topic areas including information literacy, librarianship, information experience, and higher education.

Professional memberships
Associate Member, Australian Library and Information Association
Member, Association of Internet Researchers

Research most recent
Kitto, K., Lupton, M., Davis, K. and Waters, Z. (2017). Designing for student-facing learning analytics. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 33(5), 152-168.

Smeaton, K., Bruce, C., Hughes, H. & Davis, K. (2017). The online life of individuals experiencing socioeconomic disadvantage: how do they experience information? Information Research, 22(3).

Davis, K., Partridge, H. and Hughes, H. (2017). Belonging to the sisterhood: the role of community and connectedness in new mothers’ information experience in social media. Digital Intimacies Symposium, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia. 13-15 November 2017

Publications in ePrints

Dollinger, Mollie and Salisbury, Fiona and Davis, Kate (2022) Unrealised Potential: A survey of students as partners in Australian university libraries. New Review of Academic Librarianship. ISSN 1361-4533

Davis, Kate and Fitzgerald, Angela and Power, Margaret and Leach, TaniaORCID: and Martin, NeilORCID: and Piper, Stephanie and Singh, Rena and Dunlop, Shelley (2021) Understanding the conditions informing successful STEM clubs: what does the evidence base tell us? Studies in Science Education. ISSN 0305-7267

Nguyen, Linh Cuong and Davis, Kate and Abdi, Elham Sayyad and Thorpe, ClareORCID: and Henry, Katya and Partridge, Helen (2020) Expectations, experiences, and preferences of students in a dual mode program: a thematic analysis. In: Handbook of research on creating meaningful experiences in online courses. Advances in Educational Technologies and Instructional Design. IGI Publishing (IGI Global), Hershey, PA, United States, pp. 248-269. ISBN 9781799801153

Fitzgerald, Angela and Leach, TaniaORCID: and Davis, Kate and Martin, NeilORCID: and Dunlop, Shelley (2020) Informal Spaces for STEM Learning and Teaching: STEM clubs. In: STEM Education in Primary Classrooms: Unravelling Contemporary Approaches in Australia and New Zealand. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), Abingdon, United Kingdom, pp. 168-187. ISBN 9780367229368

Miller, Faye and Davis, Kate and Partridge, Helen (2019) Everyday life information experiences in Twitter: a grounded theory. Information Research: an international electronic journal, 24 (2):824.

View full listing in ePrints

Research supervisor in the area of:

  • Librarianship ( 080706 )
  • Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies ( 200102 )
  • Higher Education ( 130103 )
  • Human Information Behaviour ( 080703 )
  • Communication And Media Studies ( 470100 )
  • Education Systems ( 390300 )