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RIA # 122: Dr. Rebekah Willson on Grounded Theory

Dr. Rebekah Willson

Dr. Rebekah Willson

On this episode, Katie is Joined by Dr. Rebekah Willson, a Lecturer in Information Science in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. Originally from Canada, she obtained her PhD from Charles Sturt University in Australia in 2016. Her dissertation focused on the experience of individuals transitioning from doctoral student to early career academic. Her main area of research is in information behavior including what information individuals need and how they find, share, and use that information — particularly in the workplace. Her latest research examines the precarity in modern universities and the influence that has on the information behaviour of academics on short-term contracts. For more information and her CV, please go to

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Segment 1: Information Behavior Research [00:00-12:25]

In this first segment, Rebekah describes her research in information behavior.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

Segment 2: Grounded Theory [12:26-24:27]

In segment two, Rebekah shares some of her experiences using grounded theory as a methodology.

Segment 3: Researching Academics in Transition [24:28-36:57]

In segment three, Rebekah shares about her most recent research on academics on short-term contracts.

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