This page provides information on our researchers
and their research interests. The researchers are listed in alphabetical order.
Tom Adawi’s principal research interest is a
sociocultural approach to learning. He conducts research in three general
fields: learning for sustainable development, authentic learning environments
and ICT in teaching.
Linda Bradley’s research concerns cooperation, communication and intercultural
learning in digital environments in higher education. She is the project
manager of Minclusion at Chalmers, a
mobile learning project with the aim of developing mobile applications for
Arabic speakers who have recently arrived in Sweden.
Tahereh Dehdarirad is a bibliometrics expert and her research interests
are bibliometrics, altmetrics, gender differences in science and social network
analysis. She is currently working on two studies: ‘Which Type of Research
is Cited More Often in Wikipedia? A Case Study of PubMed Research’ and ’Quantifying
the reproducibility of scientometrics analyses: a case study’.
Andreas Eriksson’s research primarily concerns how communication is integrated
in engineering education (‘Integrating Content and Language – ICL’). The
research focuses on writing and the approach taken by students and teachers to
the role of writing in education and what characterises writing in a specific
discipline. He has also participated in genre-oriented studies into how
students and researchers in chemical engineering comment on figures and tables
in scientific texts. The research helps describe genres in a specific subject
area and can also be used to contrast writing in different disciplines.
Magnus Gustafsson’s research focuses primarily on how learning can be
enhanced using better designed, carefully considered communication activities.
Much of his research focuses on writing for learning and how such learning
activities can be effectively integrated in various subject programmes. In this
respect, his research is linked to discipline-specific communication and
academic discourses. A large part of his work also concerns students’ or
researchers’ feedback on each other’s texts in the context of both
undergraduate studies and publications.
Hans Malmström researches into applied
linguistics, learning, and text and discourse analysis. His research
primarily concerns aspects of second language learning (in particular academic
vocabulary and terminology) in academic learning environments in which English
is used as the teaching language. Another part of Hans’ research studies how
language and communication that are deliberately integrated in the learning of
a subject can enhance learning. A small part of Hans’ research also focuses on
text and discourse analysis (in both religious discourse and estate agent
discourse). In 2017–2018, Hans has been guest editor for the journal TESOL
Quarterly. Hans is Vice Head of Department for Research and Doctoral Programmes
at the Department of Communication and Learning in Science.
Raffaella Negretti’s research concerns issues relating to language learning
and communicative knowledge, particularly in academic and scientific writing,
and learning processes such as self-regulation and metacognition. She is
interested in how students become writers in their disciplines and how writing
stimulates cognitive development and critical thinking, such as which writing
teaching methods best encourage rhetorical flexibility and effectiveness in
science communication. She has researched into digital language learning and
intercultural communication, and will begin research into interdisciplinary and
popular science communication: what new ways (genres) of communicating science
are available to researchers and students, and how can we prepare students for
managing communication in different contexts and with different people? She is
working on the project ‘Writing that Works’, which focuses on writing transfer,
and is also involved in studies on metacognition in genre pedagogy of scientific
writing, metacognition in subject teacher training and teaching students’
approach to academic writing.
Jakaria Rahman’s research interests are in scientometrics and Open Access. He
focuses on the composition of expert panels for research assessment. His
research compares the cognitive distance between panel members and research
groups, based on publication portfolios available in Web of Science and the
Scopus database. He also carries out bibliometric network analysis and
visualisation and his aim is to explore the most important members of the
ALISTORE network. For many years, he has also worked on the challenges facing
the university from predatory journals and the issue of how to manage this type
of journal in the system of performance-based research funding.
Marco Schirone’s thesis studies researchers’ information behaviour when
they make references and choose publication channels. The methods employed are
bibliometrics and ethnography. In addition to research in the bibliometric
tradition, he also applies theories and models from other research fields,
including information behaviour studies, the theory of science and the
sociology of science. The thesis attaches particular importance to developing a
theoretical framework for studying reference practices from the perspective of
the sociology of science.
Christian Stöhr’s research concerns both formal and informal aspects of
learning and comes under the umbrella of technically enhanced lifelong
learning. Part of his current research focuses on studying MOOCs, their
pedagogy, their impact and their relationship with society. This includes
teacher development via MOOCs and analysis-based studies on the use of mobile
devices on MOOCs. As part of Chalmers’ support for Blended Learning, he
works with teachers at Chalmers and other universities, helping them apply a
scientific attitude to their development as teachers. In this context, he
conducts research into technically enhanced learning, for example the flipped
classroom and video-based learning, and its impact on student learning. Through
these cumulative case studies, we study how and/or why something works, for
whom it works and under which circumstances it works.