Andrea Whiteley

FORCE11 Member since April 30, 2018
  • Organization/Institution: University of Calgary

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I am currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of Communication, Media and Film at the University of Calgary.  I am nearing completion of my dissertation "Open Access and the Public Good" which is investigating the changing research dissemination environment in the social sciences and humanities.  "The Public Good" is often cited as a reason to support open access, so I am consulting with publics (stakeholders) that might have need of academic research, or might traditionally be translaters of that research.  I am also interested in why the Open Access movement has not had as much traction in the social sciences and humanities disciplines.  Primarily, I am hoping to discover better ways to encourage knowledge flow between academic researchers and the publics that might need that research.

Over the last 25 years, I have worked for a research consulting firm, as a research manager for a university faculty, acted as project manager for several large university research projects, and carried out freelance research assignments.  My various roles as a researcher have motivated me to gain a deeper understanding of the historical, sociological and philosophical aspects of knowledge to explain our current approaches to knowledge mobilization, and to search for better ways to share publicly funded research.