University of Oulu, 2016

Research Focus Areas

Health Information Literacy and Practices. Research on health information literacy focuses on the competencies people need to find, critically evaluate and use health information in different situations. Together with the connected research area of health information practices it pursues to increase understanding on the construction, dissemination and use of information on health and the prevention and treatment of diseases. This research contributes to our understanding on ways health information can gain impact through interaction between specialists and lay people.This research is conducted within the Health Information Mastering, HIM-Oulu&Åbo research group which is part of the Medical Research Center, MRC Oulu.

Science Communication. The utilisation of scientific research findings presupposes both scientific communication and public communication of science. In addition, health communication  can be regarded as belonging to this field. Research on public communication of science benefits both the general public and the scientific community. It helps to increase our understanding on how the impact of scientific communication can be increased. Altmetric research based on attention data originating from social media can be used to indicate societal discussion concerning scientific findings. Research performance can be evaluated by analyzing the accumulation of scientific publications. Research on science communication can be utilised by the decision makers in research policy (science technology and innovation governance), researchers, and library professionals.

Knowledge Management. Research on knowledge management focuses on the human-centred knowledge and information processes and practices in and between organizations and working communities. In this research, the emphasis is placed on human interaction also with and enabled by digital technology. Key areas of research are knowledge processes, and knowledge creation, co-creation and interaction in organizational environments involving, for example, scientific research communities and their stakeholders, citizens and political decision-makers and professionals in multi-organizational communities. The contexts of the research are schools, libraries, health care, academia and scientific communities and private organizations.   


Last updated: 17.11.2020