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Assoc Professor Crystal Fulton

Assoc Professor

Crystal Fulton

Associate Professor
School of Information and Communication Studies
01 716 8394
University College Dublin, School of Information and Communication Studies, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4


I study information behaviour in everyday life settings, including workplace and leisure contexts. My research into the information worlds of older adults engaged in serious leisure (e.g., amateur genealogy, local heritage, lacemaking, urban exploration) explores the information worlds developed through leisure participation and the connections among hobbies, digital literacies, communication, community development, information creation, new technologies for social participation, and social inclusion. My recent work on harmful gambling explores ideas around social participation and community further, examining the impact of secret or manipulated information on the lives of gamblers, their families, and communities. My research continues to influence my work with students, not only as social participants but also as professionals who will navigate information and communication in varied contexts.


  • External Examiner
    University of Strathclyde, Computer and Information Sciences, Glasgow, United Kingdom1 Sep 2017
  • External Examiner
    Aberystwyth University, Information Studies, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom1 Dec 2017
  • External Examiner, Doctoral dissertation
    University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom1 Aug 2019 - 27 Sep 2019
  • Research Mentor
    Charles Sturt University, School of Information Studies, Bathurst, Australia24 Jun 2019


  • BA
    Queen's University Kingston Ontario
  • MA
    University of Western Ontario
  • MLIS
    University of Western Ontario
  • PhD
    University of Western Ontario


  • Aurora Leadership Programme
    Leadership Foundation for Higher Education2016 - 2017
    Leadership programme for women.
  • Mediation Training Certificate
    Conflict Resolution and Mediation Consultants (CRMC), Dublin, Ireland2007 - 2007