My dissertation studies private sector research and product development practices, particularly as they relate to user data. I study how practitioners define and organize research activities, institutional cultures around internal practices, publication policies, and information sharing protocols with academic partners. Given funding and institutional pressures on academic researchers, I am particularly interested in the role private sector tech companies may play in the research ecosystem. The aim of this dissertation is to provide empirical work that supports evidence based policymaking.
I am a PhD Candidate at the UC Berkeley School of Information, and co-director of the Center for Technology, Society & Policy (CTSP). If you are willing to talk with me about your work and/or perspectives, please send me an email (elaine ‘at’ ischool.berkeley.edu)