Vladlena Benson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Accounting, Finance and Informatics, Kingston University. Having completed her PhD at the University of Texas at Dallas, Vladlena's research interests are in the area of information strategy, educational technology, information privacy and social networking. She publishes widely and her research is recognised by the British Computing Society(BCS) and the British Academy of Management (BAM). Vladlena authored and edited a number of books published around the world. She publishes extensively in such journals as International Journal of Human -Computer Studies, Information Technology and People, Computers in Human Behavior, British Journal of Educational Technology, International Journal of e-Business and others. Dr Benson has served as a Course Director for the BSc International Business, Business Administration( including provision in India) and most recently the MA Management programmes.
Dr Benson's research focuses on personal information privacy online, trust formation, social networking behaviour and social commerce. Educational technology has always occupied an important place in Vladlena's expertise both as a practitioner and researcher. Her latest book " Cutting Edge Technologies including Social Media in Higher Education" has been received positively by the academic community. Vladlena's supervision of PhD students is centred on mentoring and supporting younger researchers and allowed her to develop innovative approaches to research in the areas of digital behaviour, brought about by the advance and spread of digital technology, including social media. Vladlena supervises PhD students and their recent topics include: " Metrics for the Performance Improvement with Social Technologies", "Unexpected pathways through social commerce sites"," Information privacy and victimisation through social networks" and others.