Research Supervision, Information and Innovation Lab

UniSA 2021/2022 Vacation Research Scholarships are open for applications!

Scholarship opportunities for international/overseas applicants

Scholarship opportunities for domestic/Australian applicants

I am leading the Information and Innovation Lab at the University of South Australia. I’m recruiting PhD , Master by Research, and Honours students with backgrounds in computer science, information science, and (library) information management to join the Lab under my principal or co-supervision. Students are likely to work in the areas of interactive information retrieval, cognitive information retrieval, user-Web/Internet interactions, human information behaviour, human-information interactions, ICT4D, and social impact of technologies.

Please read through this web page. If you are self-motivated, pro-active, collaborative, hard-working, passionate about research, and determined to produce high-quality publications, please contact me via e-mail ( with (1) your CV listing publications if any and (2) a one-page research statement as a start of inquiry. Once I assess your research potential, I will ask for your academic transcripts. I enjoy taking advantage of strengths of each individual student. I always seek common goals with my research students.

To date, I’ve supervised 16 HDR students (with 6 as principal supervisor) at the University of South Australia with 8 completions. Students are housed in the Strategic Information Management (SIM) Lab which I lead.  Since 2014, the SIM Lab has hosted 21 international visiting scholars including 12 postdoctoral researchers and 9 PhD students from New Zealand, United States, Indonesia, China, and Bangladesh under joint programs. I’ve also hired 7 postdocs and research assistants working on my research projects.

From a broad perspective, I may classify PhD projects under my supervision into information studies. This is because all their topics are down into the areas of human information behaviour, web search, human-information interactions, collaborative information retrieval, and public library services which are key areas of information studies research field. The titles of these PhD projects can be found below.  I also co-supervise interdisciplinary PhD projects – my collaboration with researchers are in the disciplines of computer sciences, neurocomputing engineering, information systems, tourism, and communication.

8 HDR Completions:

  • Dr. Abu Shamim Mohammad Arif (Principal supervision, Australian Government APA Scholarship holder, PhD completed in 2015. Now a full Professor at Computer Science and Engineering Discipline, Khulna University, Bangladesh, personal website)
    • Thesis title: Collaborative information retrieval in tourism: a study of user behaviour, user interface and system evaluation
  • Dr. Safirotu Khoir (Principal supervision, Australia Awards scholarship holder, PhD completed in 2016. Now a Lecturer at the Graduate School of Library and Information Management, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia, personal website)
    • Thesis title: An information behaviour perspective into Asian immigrants’ settlement processes in South Australia: Investigating their everyday life information seeking and the value of public library services
    • Khoir’s PhD thesis was nominated for the prestigious ProQuest Doctoral Dissertation Award in 2017 international open competition.
  • Dr. Jannatul Fardous (Principal supervision, Australian Government APA Scholarship holder, PhD completed in 2019. Now working as Lecturer for UniSA Online Program and Research Assistant, personal website)
    • Thesis title: Invesigating mobile media users’ behaviours in tourism collaborative information retrieval
  • Dr. Faisal (Co-supervision, Indonesian Government Scholarship holder, PhD completed in 2015)
    • Thesis title: Mobile collaboration technology implementation framework in engineering asset organisations
  • Dr. Hedayetul Islam Shovon (Co-supervision, UniSA UPS scholarship holder, PhD completed in 2016. Now working as Scientist at the Defence Science and Technology Group, personal website)
    • Thesis title: Identification of cognitive activity in EEG during cognitive tasks including web search
  • Dr. Sara Salehi (Co-supervision, UniSA IPS scholarship holder, PhD completed in 2017. Now an IT consultant at Ernst & Young, Melbourne)
    • Thesis title: Effect of personalised search on students in an e-learning environment
  • Dr. Anisha Fernando (Co-supervision, UniSA IPS Scholarship holder, PhD completed in 2017)
    • Thesis title: Privacy-enhanced personalisation of Web search
  • Xin Zhang (co-supervision, Master by Research, completed in 2020)
    • Thesis title: The role of customer engagement behaviour in social media on the co-creation process of destination brand personality: the case study of WeChat

Currently supervise 8 PhD students:

  • Menghao Jia (Principal supervision, UniSA UPS scholarship, 2019- )
    • Thesis title: LGBTQ+ youth’s information behaviour in the coping process during their identity development: A mixed-methods study
  • Mouda Ye (Principal supervision, UniSA International Research Tuition Scholarship (IRTS) and ARC DECRA Living Allowance Scholarship holder, 2017-)
    • Thesis title: Understanding small groups of Chinese tourists’ information behaviour during planning and visiting Australia
  • Jelina Haines (Principal supervision, Australian Government APA Scholarship holder, 2015-)
    • Thesis title: Researching the knowledge journey practices of Indigenous Elders and the younger generation: A community-based participatory study
    • Jelina Haines was the First Prize Winner of the 2017 Images of Research: Engaged Research, Enterprising Researchers Photography Competition , Website link:
  • Alice Crowley (Co-supervision, Australian Government APA Scholarship holder, 2018-)
    • Thesis title:  Defence against the dark arts: guarding the public discourse from propaganda and fake news, and promoting truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth in the media and social media
  • Matthew Kelly (Co-supervision, July 2019-)
    • Thesis title: The representation of knowledge in Australian public library adult non-fiction monograph collections: Epistemic factors influencing selection and evaluation
  • Sabbir Ahmed (Co-supervision, International scholarship holder, February 2020-)
    • Thesis title: Smart Waste Management: Optimized Routing, IoT and Sustainability
  • Fatima Tabassum (Co-supervision, Research Training Program domestic (RTPd) Stipend holder, June 2020-)
  • Vicky Qiaoling Sun (Co-supervision, Research Training Program domestic (RTPd) Stipend holder, Feb 2021-)

Research Associates and Assistants

  • Postdoctoral researcher Dr. Jannatul Fardous, 2020-2021
  • Postdoctoral researcher Dr. Anna Leditschke, 2020-2021
  • Postdoctoral researcher Dr. Aida Eslami Afrooz, Jul – Oct 2020
  • Vicky Qiaoling Sun, Jan-Aug 2014, Jul-Nov 2018
  • Abu Shamim Mohammad Arif, 2014-15
  • Jelina Haines, Jan-Dec 2014
  • Santhiya Rani Vijayakumar, 2012-13

Summer Vacation Scholarship High Performance students

  • Yuxing Xiang (Honours student, UniSA)

Visiting scholars:

  • Associate Prof Yiming Zhao, Wuhan University, to commence in 2021 (funded by China Scholarship Council)
  • Prof Bharat Mehra, University of Alabama, US. Oct 2019.
  • Prof Qing Ke, Nanjing University, Oct 2019 – Oct 2020 (funded by China Scholarship Council)
  • Dr Lei Li, Beijing Normal University, Oct 18-Apr 2019 (funded by Du ARC grant and Division NAF grant)
  • Dr. Safirotu Khoir, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia. Jan 2019 (former PhD student, funded by Du ARC grant)
  • Professor Anne Goulding, School of Information Management, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 16 April-4 May 2018 (funded by Victoria University of Wellington)
  • Professor Sam Huang, Tourism & Services Marketing, School of Business and Law, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Feb 2018
  • Dr. Abu Shamim Mohammad Arif, Khulna University, Bangladesh. Jul-Sep 2017 (former PhD student, funded by Du ARC grant)
  • Associate Prof Fang Xu, Soochow University, Mar-Sep 2017 (funded by Jiangsu Province Scholarship Council)
  • Jianzhen Zhang, Shanxi Research Institue, Aug 2016-Aug 2017 (funded by Shanxi Province Scholarship Council)
  • Associate Prof Huijuan Wu, Jilin Dianli University, Jan 2016-Jan 2017 (funded by Jilin Province Scholarship Council)
  • Dr Yunfeng Wang, Nanjing Medical University, Dec 2014-Feb 2015 (funded by Nanjing Medical University)

Visiting PhD students:

  • Xiao Sui, Shangdong University of Science and Technology, China, Sep-Dec 2019 (funded by Shangdong University of Science and Technology)
  • Xuanhui Zhang, Nanjing University, Aug 2019 – Feb 2020 (funded by Du ARC grant)
  • Meiyue Wang, Jilin University, Sep 2019 – Sep 2020
  • Xi Han, Nanjing University, April – June 2018 (funded by Nanjing University)
  • Tingting Zhang, Nanjing University, Feb 2018-Feb 2019 (funded by China Scholarship Council)
  • Yanqing Shi, Nanjing University, Nov-Dec 2016 (funded by Nanjing University)
  • Dongfang Sheng, Nanjing University, Dec 2014 – Feb 2015 (funded by Nanjing University)
    • Thesis title: Understanding Link Sharing Tools Continuance Behaviour in Social Media
  • Dandan Ma, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Oct 2014- Oct 2015 (funded by Nanjing University of Science and Technology)
    • Thesis title: Exploring factors that enable the use of mobile Internet services for information disadvantaged people

Projects for potential students:

Information and community supports for immigrants

(Areas: Information Management, Information Behaviour, Information Use, Public Libraries)

— Group decision-making and information processing in leisure situations

(Areas: information processing, group decision-making, leisure information seeking)

— Social search and social computing 

(Areas: Information Systems, HCI, CSCW, Web Search, Social Media)

— Vulnerable communities in the digital age

(Areas: Information systems, technology use, information behaviour, vulnerable communities)