Research Profile: Dr. Christine Hagar

Dr. Christine Hagar
Assistant Professor

Statement of Research Interests & Experience

My primary research interest is in the areas of crisis informatics, a term I coined in 2006. Crisis informatics is an emerging field of inquiry which explores the inter-connectedness of information, people, and technologies in crises/disasters and examines the intersecting trajectories of social, technical and information perspectives in crises/disasters. My research focuses on information needs and information seeking in crises, disaster health information, and the roles for librarians and information professionals in crisis preparedness, response and recovery.

My research affiliations and collaborations include:

  • Affiliate, Disaster & Development Centre, Northumbria University, UK
  • Associate member, European Sociological Association (ESA), Disaster, Conflict and Social Crisis Research Network (DCSCRN)
  • Advisor to the Coordinator of the Illinois State Emergency Preparedness Plan (Mr. Gaston Armour, Illinois Department of Human Services, Office of Security & Emergency Preparedness) 2008-2012.

For the last two years, I have been Co-Chair of the Education and Training track at the 8th & 9th Information Systems Crisis & Emergency Management (ISCRAM) annual conferences  - From Early-Warning Systems to Preparedness and Training (2011, Lisbon) and Integrative and Analytical Approaches to Crisis Response and Emergency Management Information Systems (2012, Vancouver) ISCRAM is a global multidisciplinary community which promotes research and development in various aspects of information and communication systems, used in the management of crises and disasters. I am Co-Chair of the DSCRN session on crisis informatics to be held at the 2013 ESA conference.

Possible PhD Thesis Topic Areas

  • Information needs and information seeking in crises/ disasters
  • Use of social media in crises/disasters
  • Co-ordination of information in crises/disasters
  • Information dissemination during pandemics
  • Role of libraries in crisis/disaster preparedness and recovery
  • Education and training programs in crisis/disaster information management

Representative Publications

  • Hagar, C. (2013, forthcoming). Information vacuum. In Encyclopedia of crisis management. (Eds.). Penuel, K.B., Statler, M. & Hagen, R.  (pp. xxx ) New York: Sage.
  • Hagar, C. (Ed.) (2012). Crisis information management: Communication and technologies. Oxford, UK: Chandos Publishing.
  • Hagar, C. (2012). Information needs and seeking during the UK 2001 Foot-and-mouth disease crisis. In C. Hagar (Ed.) Crisis information management: Communication and technologies. Oxford, UK: Chandos Publishing.
  • Hagar, C. (2010). What can we learn from farmers' information needs and seeking during the UK foot-and-mouth disease crisis? Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 15 (4), 38-44.
  • Hagar, C. (2010). Whom do you trust? Information seeking during the U.K. foot and mouth crisis. Library & Archival Security, 23(1), 3-18.
  • Hagar, C. (2010). (Guest editor). Crisis informatics. Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. Special Issue June/ July 2010.
  • Hagar, C. (2009). Information in isolation: Gossip and rumor during the UK 2001 foot and mouth crisis – lessons learned. Libri, 59 (4), 228-237.
  • Hagar, C. (2009). Technology: the information and social needs of Cumbrian farmers during the UK 2001 FMD outbreak and the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) In B. Nerlich, & M. Doring (Eds.) The social and cultural impact of foot and mouth disease in the UK in 2001: Experiences and analyses (ESRC Science in Society Programme). Manchester, UK:  Manchester University Press. 

Professional Memberships & Related Matters

I am member of the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIST), American Library Association (ALA), Association of Library & Information Science Educators (ALISE), and the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA). I have served as a referee for various journals and conferences, and contributed to various committees.