I am preparing my PhD thesis in Information Studies at the University of Lund. My PhD Project "How Does Academic Knowledge Travel Long Distances? Social Sciences and Humanities in Eastern Africa from a European Perspective" approaches to further postcolonial research questions in Information Studies.
To European Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) researchers, substantial parts of the relevant literature produced worldwide is invisible. For instance, much African literature is neither indexed in any subject databases, nor acquired by European libraries, a gap unacknowledged by the information profession. This PhD project will ascertain which venues are actually drawn on for publication by SSH researchers in one selected region: East Africa. Bibliometric methods applied include the construction of a bibliographic database. Scholarly reception is determined by Google Scholar citations. Further, a sample of articles published in East-African journals is compared to articles by the same authors published in journals edited in the Global North, focussing e.g. on writing style, topics, and references. This analysis will be complemented by a review of submission policies. Crucial to this project is the discussion of concepts like "postcolonial research", "international/local journals", "global academia", and "centre/periphery".
Between 2011 and 2015, I was employed at the Vienna University's Library, Open Access Office. My main functions were: research to back up strategic decisions, repository management, in the area of overlap to IT, OJS support and advisory services on Open Access publishing.
I completed two M.A. degrees: Sociology and History of Art (2008), and Library and Information Sciences (2014).