About Me


****As of June 2021, I am in the process of updating this Website.  CV link is up to date.****

I’m a professor of Information and Communication Studies at University College Dublin. My research interests are varied (whose aren’t?) but broadly encompass the intersection of societies, cultures, and their attitudes towards this ubiquitous concept called “data”, in particular academics and higher education.  The latter, the study of research practices,  is what is increasingly called “research on research”.   Please feel free to contact me about my research and teaching as well as for more information about the School.

Formal Bio:

Kalpana Shankar is Professor of Information and Communication Studies at University College Dublin’s School of Information and Communication Studies.  Her research examines how data and documentation practices and systems reflect and reify the larger society, culture, and institutions where they are enacted, particularly with respect to academic/scholarly practices. Her current research projects focus on research evaluation and peer review (funded by Science Foundation Ireland) and the maintenance of data archives/repositories (funded by the Alfred P Sloan Foundation). 
I also co-direct (with Professor Eugenia Siapera) the UCD Centre for Digital Policy, coordinate the PhD programme and the Professional Certificate in Digital Policy, and co-edit the journal Online Information Review (also with Professor Siapera). I serve on the Social Sciences Committee of the Royal Irish Academy, the FAIR Working Group of the National Open Research Forum, and participate in a number of other research and service activities (see my CV).

UCD Research Repository

School of Information and Communication Studies
C120 Newman Hall, University College Dublin
Belfield 4
Dublin, Ireland
Ph: (353)17168359
Email: kalpana.shankar(at)ucd.ie

Twitter: @dublin_kshankar