SIDA-KIPS Research Seminars

The East African School of Library and Information Science (EASLIS), under the SIDA-KIPS project hosted a Ph.D. research seminar series from the 29th October to 10th November 2017. The project addresses Building Capacity for Knowledge and Information Production and Sharing for Socio- economic Development in Uganda and is a collaboration between Swedish School of Library and Information Science, University of Borås, Sweden, and Makerere University.

 The project supports;

Five (5) EASLIS staff pursuing Ph.D. at Makerere University,

  • Research teams, pedagogical and research management skills,
  • Graduate curriculum review,
  •  Launching and supporting a LIS On-line Journal,
  •  Innovative LIS Conference in Uganda, and
  •  Forum for dissemination of research results.


The researchers involved in the project are: Assoc. Prof. Constant Okello-Obura, Dr. G.W. Kiyingi, Dr. Peace Musiimenta, Dr. Joyce Bukirwa Muwanguzi, Dr. David Luyombya, and Dr. Paul Birevu Muyinda.

During this research seminar series Prof. Elena Maceviciute and Prof. Jan Nolin were also in attendance as supervisors/researchers from the collaborating partners institution the Swedish School of Library and Information Science, University of Boras.

The key objective of the research seminar was to learn about the current status of the Ph.D. students at EASLIS in terms of progress in their research. This was done by identifying the challenges and successes they have so far encountered. The seminar also provided for knowledge sharing e.g. research methodologies – where researchers learned how research papers are evaluated, learned what makes research papers good/stand out etc. It also provided a platform to encourage research students to try and finish their Ph.D. studies and other research projects on time.  

The key research presenters were:

Framework for open data practices in health research institutionsby Edward Mukiibi and other

Ph.D. concept presentations by Mary Nalumansi, Francis Ssekitto, Mary Nabbosa, Patience Agabirwe, Agnes Namagenda, Caroline Ilako, Josephine Ataro, and Faith Akiteng who also got the opportunity to meet their peer Ph.D. supervisors Dr. Sarah Kaddu and Prof. Constant Okello-Obura. Additional activities on the agenda included a research discussion with Master of Science in Records Management students.

In conclusion, the key message received by the Ph.D. students in terms of feedback on their concept papers and presentations was that they should endeavor to use this opportunity to present their papers. This, noted Dr. Bukirwa is the best opportunity for them to get positive criticism that will go a long way in better preparing them to complete their Ph.D. studies in a timely manner.




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