Meet Frances

I am Frances Ryan, a REF-ready early career researcher based in Central Scotland. My research focuses on how people use, share, and interact with information in online environments, especially as it relates to “lived” or real-world experiences. This includes interests in:

  • human information behaviour and use
  • social media use
  • social and health informatics
  • online information sharing
  • computer-mediated communications
  • online reputation and identity
  • determinations of trust in online environments

I am an American native from a rural mountain community in the mountains of Washington State and have been living in Scotland off-and-on since 2001 (mostly on). I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Central Washington University (USA) with a minor in historical tourism, a Master of Letters in Media and Culture (with Distinction) from the University of Stirling (Scotland), and a PhD in Information Science from Edinburgh Napier University (Scotland).

My previous professional career was in public relations, marketing, and communications. During that time, I successfully created and directed strategic, proactive communication strategies for a range of organisations from small, non-profit community groups and family businesses to an internationally recognised research university. Visit my LinkedIn page for more information.

My free time is spent running, hill walking, writing, learning, crafting, geocaching, finding bargains in charity shops, and perfecting my mobile phone photography skills. I am a passionate cook (although a less-passionate dish-washer!) and I dabble in growing things in the garden, too. I also enjoy travelling and spending time with my family and friends every chance I get.