Hello and welcome to my PhD blog!

My name is Marina and I am a second-year PhD student in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University. I am a member of the Centre for Social Informatics, which focuses on the study of eGovernment, Information science, the Information Society, and Social Informatics. You can read more about our work here.

My primary research interests are in the areas of information literacy, knowledge management, learning communities, communities of practice, lifelong learning, employability, and career guidance. I am also interested in interdisciplinarity, mixed methods research, and the philosophy of science.

In my PhD, I am exploring young people’s career decision-making and career information literacy skills. I will tell you more about my PhD topic in my upcoming blog posts! I also plan to present my work at conferences such as ISIC and the iConference. Look out for conference updates in the Twittersphere!

My research is funded through the ESRC 1+3 studentship award and is conducted in partnership with the SGSSS (the Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences) and Scotland’s leading skills agency, SDS (Skills Development Scotland).

I have three excellent PhD supervisors, two of whom I previously worked with on my MScR research project:

– Dr Peter Cruickshank, Associate Professor and Head of International for the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University;

– Professor Hazel Hall, Professor of Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University and Docent in Information Studies at Åbo Akademi University, Finland;

– Dr Peter Robertson, Associate Professor at Edinburgh Napier’s School of Applied Sciences, and leader of the Career Guidance programme;

Prior to starting my PhD, I completed three degrees: A BSc in Psychology at the University of Aberdeen, an MSc in Human Resource Management at Edinburgh Napier University, and an MScR in Science and Technology Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

What is this blog about?

There are many PhD blogs that describe the daily life and musings of PhD students – some are self-reflective and autobiographical, and others are more generalised and consultative. This blog has elements of both. I will use it to enhance my learning and document my experiences, but also to provide useful information to fellow researchers and research students.

What can you expect to find here?

  • General reflections on academic life
  • Summaries or analyses of academic content, be that journal articles or books
  • Recaps of events, conferences, or notable PhD developments and milestones
  • Discussions of different ideas from my areas of expertise, which are Psychology, Organisational studies, and Information science
  • Research tips and tricks that have helped me produce decent work and be productive – everyone learns differently, of course, so take only advice that is relevant to you, and the rest of it with a pinch of salt!


  • ‘Meme of the month’ – one meme that perfectly describes what the past month has been like for me.

Enjoy your stay!