The iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award Committee have announced the 2022 honorees. The winner is Dr. Mayara Costa Figueiredo, who received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences.
The committee also named the following two runners up (listed alphabetically): Dr. Mateusz Dubiel, University of Strathclyde, Computer and Information Sciences; and Dr. Priya Kumar, University of Maryland, College of Information Studies.
The iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award is an annual competition recognizing the year’s most outstanding dissertations from across iSchools' global membership. Introduced in 2013, award nominations are solicited from all member schools and subjected to a thorough review by the Doctoral Dissertation Committee. The 2022 Award selection process was chaired by Dr. Gillian Oliver of Monash University.
2022 Award Winner
Dr. Figueiredo’s winning dissertation is titled Data Work and Data Tracking Technologies in Fertility Care: A Holistic Approach
Here is what the Committee had to say about our 2022 winner: The thesis documents a fascinating study highlighting the emotional implications of data self-tracking, showing how technological tools are designed in ways which do not take the diversity of individuals’ needs and contexts into account. The outcomes have the potential for significant and meaningful impact on the design of data-tracking technologies and consequently benefits for the health and well-being of individuals. Judges were particularly impressed by the exemplary approach to research, the use of mixed methods for data collection and the clarity of the conclusions.
2022 Runners Up
For 2022, the Committee felt that two dissertations deserved equal recognition as co-runners up.
Dr. Dubiel’s dissertation is titled Exploring the Impact of Conversational Strategies on User Search Experience in Goal-Oriented Tasks in a Voice-Only Domain
Here is what the Committee had to say about this co-runner-up:
The study reported in this thesis represents a rigorous and impressive addition to information seeking research, specifically contributing new knowledge about conversational search. Given the increasing ubiquity of conversational agents in so many aspects of daily life, the potential impact of the findings is very significant indeed. Judges applauded the meticulous approach to data collection and analysis.
Dr. Kumar’s dissertation is titled From Oversharing to Sharenting: How Experts Govern Parents and Their Social Media Use
Here is what the Committee had to say about this co-runner-up: The topic of this thesis, posting family photos online and the consequent risks to children’s safety and well-being, is extremely relevant and timely. The paradigmatic framing of the research and the application of governmentality were instrumental in identifying the critical issues and challenges. Judges were impressed by the innovative approach to methodology. Research outcomes contribute to increased understanding of the complexities and nuances of privacy.
Visit the Doctoral Dissertation Award results page for more about this year's honorees, including full biographies and research statements.
The winner of the 2022 Doctoral Dissertation Award receives a cash prize of $2,500; the runners up receive $1,000. Both honorees also receive a complimentary registration for iConference 2022, the iSchools' virtual information conference taking place Feb. 28 – March 4, 2022.
The iSchools organization will begin accepting nominations for the 2023 Award in July of this year. All members are encouraged to submit a nomination.