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Professor Lisa Given

Adjunct Professor


Lisa M. Given, Ph.D., is Adjunct Professor in the Centre for Design Innovation at Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. She is a Past-President of the Association for Information Science and Technology and has served on the College of the Australian Research Council. A former Director of the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (Canada), Lisa has received numerous grants and awards. She is Lead Investigator of an ARC Linkage Project exploring research adoption by the wine industry and of an ARC Discovery Project looking at knowledge management practices in non-profit organisations. Lisa is also co-investigator for the ARC Linkage Project “Library and Information Science Research Australia” which recently launched the Research Assistance & Development Australian Researchers Grant Program to provide a series of supportive activities to foster research collaboration in library and information science. Recent grants include:

Information practices in non-profits: Knowledge management and technology use ARC Discovery Project $145,000
This project aims to study the potential for non-profit organisations to adopt low-cost tools, such as social media, for knowledge sharing.

Information seeking & research adoption: Assessing communication strategies ARC Linkage Grant $191,394
This project documents the most effective strategies for wine scientists and industry bodies to communicate research findings, to ensure new practices and techniques are widely adopted by the industry.

Library and Information Science Research Australia 
ARC Linkage Grant $219,959 
This project will establish a framework that can be used by library and information professionals to build a research culture that enables the adoption of “practitioner-researcher” as an approach to professional practice.

Lisa co-authored the new edition of Looking for Information: A Survey of Research on Information Seeking, Needs and Behavior (Emerald, 2016) and is author of 100 Questions (and Answers) About Qualitative Research (Sage, 2016). She is the editor of The Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods (Sage, 2008).

For more information see Lisa’s website at

Research interests

Social media use; health informatics; information literacy; qualitative inquiry; research impact; research engagement; user experience; information behaviour

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Human Information Behaviour - 461002
  • Sociological Methodology And Research Methods - 441006

Further information


Also published as: Given, Lisa; Given, L.; Given, L. M.; Given, Lisa M.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2021: Australian Cultural Data Engine for Research, Industry and Government *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2019: Visiting Fellowships Scheme 2019 - Prof Heidi Julien *; Swinburne Research, DVCR&D - Internal contributions

* Chief Investigator