Postdoctoral Researchers

Current postdoctoral researchers

Rob Bittner (Aug 2018 – Jul 2020)

MA in Children’s Literature (University of British Columbia), PhD (Simon Fraser University) | Website
Research interests: representation of transgender and queer teens in young adult literature; information seeking behaviour.


Chris Rowell (August 2018 – July 2020)

Working part-time with Blockchain@UBC Research Cluster, and part time with Sauder School of Business (in collaboration with the Institute of Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems, Faculty of Applied Science)


Chang Lu (Aug 2018 – Jul 2020)

Ph.D. in Strategic Management and Organization at the Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta
Theoretically, he focuses on the processes by which actors instigate change in highly institutionalized contexts. His research currently examines the adoption of Blockchain technology in the healthcare sector, by which he aims to conceptualize the relationship between culture and power at both the organizational and field-level throughout the adoption of new practices.



Past researchers

Kathy Brennan (July-Dec 2018)

MLS (The Catholic University of America), MBA (John Hopkins), PhD (University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill) | Website

Research interests: information searching behaviour; human information interaction; financial knowledge


Ben Steichen (July 2014-June 2015)

BSc (University of East Anglia.), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Trinity College Dublin) | Website

Research Interests: interactive information retrieval; user modeling; information visualization; human-computer interaction; data mining


Zohreh Dehghani Champiri (2015)

MIS (University of Isfahan), Ph.D. (University of Malaya) | Profile

Research Interests: human-computer interaction; social computing; information system analysis and design


Rafa Absar (2014)

MS Computer Science, Ph.D. (McGill) | Profile

Research Interests: multimodal interaction; visual interfaces; information systems; learning analytics


Michael Huggett (2010-2011)

Research profile

Research Interests: machine learning; data mining; natural language processing; information retrieval