I am Frances Ryan, a REF-ready early career researcher based in Central Scotland. My research interests include human information behaviour and use, social media use, social informatics, online information sharing, and online reputation and identity.
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. 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, writing, reading, and crafting. I am a passionate cook (though 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.