UBC iSchool students come from all over Canada and around the world. Some students come to the iSchool right after completing an undergraduate degree, some after other advanced degrees, and still others after pursuing another career for a number of years. This wealth of experience and background provides an always interesting and eclectic environment to both students and faculty.


PhD Students


B.A. (University of Manitoba), M.L.I.S (Dalhousie University)

Research interests: User Engagement, Arts-based and Visual Research Methods, Human-Computer Interaction and Knowledge Mobilization.

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Heather O’Brien

B.Des. (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco), M.Des. (Emily Carr University of Art + Design)

Research interests: Everyday Design Practices for Societal and Environmental Justice, Human–More-than-Human Interactions, Design as Relational Practices, Participatory and Research Through Design. 

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Lisa Nathan

B.Sc. (University of Utah), M.Sc. (University of British Columbia)

Research interests: Indigenous Sovereignty & Critical Theory informed Blockchain Development, Participatory Research Designs for Oral History Preservation, & Decentralized Autonomous Organizations.

Dissertation Topic/Title: Terra Nullius Redux: Indigenous Respect & Consensus for Navigating a Platform Sovereignty Future

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Victoria Lemieux

B.Sc (Xiamen University of Technology), M.Sc. (Clarkson University)

Research interests: Natural Language Processing, Deep Learning, Social Media Mining, Misinformation.

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Muhammad Abdul-Mageed

B.A. (University of Washington), M.A. (Western Washington University)

Research interests: Archival Labour, Professionalization of Information Work, Digital/networked Cultures, Histories of Technology, Archival Imaginaries, Information Activism.

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Douglas

B.A.R.M. (Brasilia), M.I.S. (Brasilia)

Research interests:

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Victoria Lemieux

B.A. Honours (Federal Fluminense), M.A. (PUC-Rio)

Research interests: Information Evaluation, Information Seeking, Retrieval and Use, Internet Information Skills, Searching as Learning, Youth Interaction with Technology.

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Eric Meyers

B.Sc. (German University in Cairo), M.D. (Emily Carr)

Research interests:

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Victoria Lemieux

B.A. Honours (Durham), M.A. (Durham), M.L.I.S. (British Columbia)

Research interests: Information Practice & Policy, Repair, Information in Climate Adaptation, Indigenous Information Initiatives, Research Ethics, Aspiration and Storytelling as/of Information practice.

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Lisa Nathan


B.A. (British Columbia), M.A. (Concordia)

Research interests: Human-Computer Interaction, Information visualization, Concept Mapping, Educational Technology, Social Networking.

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Eric Meyers

B.B.A. (British Columbia), M.Sc. (British Columbia), M.S. (Georgia)

Research interests: TBA

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Victoria Lemieux

B.A. (London), M.L.I.S. (British Columbia)

Research interests: Ethical Dimensions of Caring for Communities’ Data, Migration and Mobility, Indigenous Data Sovereignty Movements, Transitions in Information Practices.

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Lisa Nathan


B.I.S. (HTW Chur), M.Sc. (HTW Chur)

Research interests: Digital preservation, Long Term Preservation of Music.

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Luciana Duranti

B.A. Honours, (SFU), M.A. Children’s Literature (UBC)

Research interests: Children’s and Young Adult Media, Internet Memes, Children’s and Young Adult Literature, Nonsense and Sense-making, Multiliteracies, Critical Literacy, Postcolonial and Feminist Theory, Translation Theory.

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Eric Meyers

B.Sc. (University of Calgary), B.A. (University of Calgary), M.St. (University of Oxford)

Research interests: Human-Information interaction, Digital Afterlife Industry, Digital Remains and Postmortem Data Management, Death and Social Media Platforms.

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Heather O’Brien

B.A. (History, City University of New York), M.L.I.S. (University of British Columbia)

Research interests: Medieval Manuscript Design, Rare Books Forgery, Forgery Detection and Authentication, Rare Books Trade.

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Erik Kwakkel

B.A. (Keene State College), M.A. (Drew University), M.L.I.S. (Indiana University)

Research interests: History (sexuality, privacy, sexology, obscenity and pornography), Linked Data Vocabularies, Digital Humanities, Queer Nomenclature, Ethical Cataloging.

Dissertation Topic/Title: focused on sexology, queer nomenclature, and ethical cataloging in archives, libraries, and museums.

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Julia Bullard

MBA (University of Hawaii), MEd (University of British Columbia)

Research interests: Information Governance in Blockchain, Strategic Data Management in Healthcare.

Dissertation Topic/Title: Centralized, Decentralized, or Recentralized? A conceptual framework of information governance transformation and its associated risks in healthcare.

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Victoria Lemieux

B.Sc. Computer Science, M.Sc. Computer Science (Jordan University of Science and Technology)

Research interests: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Natural Language Processing, Sentiment and Social Media Analysis, Speech Technologies, Multilingual and Multidialectal Information Processing.

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Muhammad Abdul-Mageed


Graduates of the iSchool Doctoral Program





Present Occupation

Dr. Amelia Cole 2022

Understanding Self-Efficacy in Search as Self-Determined Learning

User Experience Researcher
Dr. Lois Evans 2022

Leveraging Information Governance and Digital Technologies for Climate Action: An Inquiry into Records Retention and Disposition in Canadian Organizations

Digital Solutions Project Lead
District of West Vancouver
Dr. Samuel Dodson 2021

Becoming Engineers: How Students Leverage Relationships between Documents and Learning Activities

Assistant Professor, Department of Information Science, University at Buffalo
Dr. Millicent Mabi 2020

Viewing immigrant labour integration through an intersectional lens: Information and identity in the settlement of African immigrants to Metro Vancouver, British Columbia

Postdoctoral Research Associate
University of Illinois, School of Information Sciences
Dr. Darra Hofman 2020

‘Between Knowing and Not Knowing’: Privacy, Transparency, and Digital Records

Assistant Professor at San Jose State University’s iSchool
Dr. Adam Jansen 2019

Technological Features of Preservation Systems that Support the Authenticity of Digital Records

State Archivist, Hawaii State Archives
Dr. Elizabeth Shaffer 2019

Social Media in the Canadian Government: An exploratory study of emerging practice

Director, Digital, Strategic and Indigenous Partnerships, UBC Residential School History and Dialogue Centre
Dr. Weimei Pan 2019

Managing records as evidence and information in China in the context of cloud-based services

Faculty member, Archival Studies, Tianjin Normal University, China
Dr. Sarah Ann Gilbert 2018

Motivations for participating in online initiatives : exploring motivations across initiative types

Postdoctoral Research Scholar and Adjunct Faculty, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland, USA
Dr. Colleen Addison 2017 The issue of avoidance : information avoidance in the context of personal health concerns
Dr. Elaine Goh 2016 Archival law from the trenches : the impact of archival legislation on records management in commonwealth countries Records Manager, College of Registered Nurses of BC
Dr. Jessica Bushey 2016 The archival trustworthiness of digital photographs in social media platforms. Archivist, Museum and Archives of North Vancouver
Dr. Corinne Rogers 2015 Virtual authenticity : authenticity of digital records from theory to practice Project Coordinator, InterPARES Trust
Dr. Nancy Black 2014 The information seeking experiences of the post-secondary distance/online student Executive Director of Library Services, Nipissing University, Ontario
Dr. Evelyn Markwei 2013 Everyday life information seeking behaviour of urban homeless youth
Dr. Donald Force 2013 Pursuing the “usual and ordinary course of business” : an exploratory study of the role of recordkeeping standards in the use of records as evidence in Canada Assistant Professor, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Dr. Jean McKendry 2013 Reading the landscape of public libraries as place : experiences of homeless men in public libraries in Vancouver, BC Director of Chinook Regional Library, Saskatchewan (retired)
Dr. Li (Sherry) Xie 2013 The nature of record and the information management crisis in the Government of Canada : a grounded theory study Faculty member, School of Information Resource Management, Renmin University, China
Dr. Talal Al-haji 2012 Exploring the relationship between research in Information Retrieval and Information Seeking Behavior Assistant Professor, Department of Library & Information Studies, Kuwait University
Dr. Lei Zhang 2011 A study of functional units for information use of scholarly journal articles Lecturer, School of Information, San Jose State University
Dr. Chia-Ning Chiang 2010 A multi-dimensional approach to the study of online annotation Library Coordinator of Taiwan Citation Index, National Central Library in Taiwan
Dr. Saad Alzahrani 2010 The role of editorial boards of scholarly journals on the green and the gold road to open access
Dr. Hee Jin Park 2009 Understanding a folksonomy as a web classification
Dr. Cherie Givens 2009 An exploration of pre-censorship of children’s books : perceptions and experiences of canadian authors and illustrators Chief Privacy Officer,
North Carolina Department of Information Technology
Dr. Fiorella Foscarini 2009 Function-based records classification systems : an exploratory study of records management practices Assistant Professor, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto