Dr Fereshteh Didegah, Lecturer, iSchool, University of British Colombia
Dr Fereshteh Didegah is a lecturer at the iSchool, University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where she teaches classes on database design, scholarly communication, and research data management. She is also a research associate at the Scholarly Communication Lab, Simon Fraser University, where she is collaborating in a SSHRC funded project on understanding the societal impact of research through social media.
She completed her PhD in Statistical Cybermetrics at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. In her PhD thesis, she applied advanced statistical tests to model factors that help authors to increase the citation impact of their research. Before moving to Canada, Didegah spent two years of postdoc, one year at University of Turku, Finland and another year at Aarhus University, Denmark and she engaged in altmetrics and social media metrics projects during her postdoc.
In her current project, her focus is on how academic research is communicated to society and enhancing interactions between lay people and academia to understand each other, and in examining different ways and factors that can enhance these interactions. She has published extensively in scientometrics, social media metrics and scholarly communications.