Meet Frances

frances-ryanI am Frances Ryan, a PhD student at Edinburgh Napier University’s School of Computing. My PhD thesis is concerned with the role of online information in personal reputation management and evaluation. My research interests include everyday life information seeking (ELIS), 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 and a Master of Letters in Media and Culture (with Distinction) from the University of Stirling (Scotland).

Professionally, I have more than 18 years’ experience in traditional and new media communication strategies. I have 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 swirling. I am a passionate cook (though a less-passionate dish-washer!) and when I’ve lived in places with my own garden, I’ve been passionate about growing things, too. I also enjoy travelling and spending time with my family and friends.

You can find me around the World Wide Web by various links on my About.Me page here.