Associate Professor of Information & Communication Studies, University College Dublin

Dr. Crystal Fulton is an Associate Professor in the School of Information & Communication Studies at University College Dublin, where she investigates the interactions among people, information, and communication in everyday life settings. Her research into the information worlds of people engaged in serious leisure examines leisure participation and connections among hobbies, behaviours around information supporting hobby activities, and social impact on individuals and communities. Working with groups, such as amateur genealogists, local heritage enthusiasts, and urban explorers, her work extends beyond issues of information acquisition to investigate how information is used, shared or hidden, and created in both digital and non-digital environments. Her recent work on harmful gambling explores ideas around social participation and community further, examining the social impact of secret or manipulated information in the lives of gamblers, their families, and communities.

Experience

  • –present
    Associate Professor of Information & Communication Studies, University College Dublin

Education

  • 1999 
    Western University, Canada, PhD