Victoria Business School

Personal History

Professor Cullen was appointed to the role of Associate Dean, Research, on 1 February 2009. She has achieved professional and international recognition for her research, teaching and other professional contributions, and brings those attributes to this role within the Faculty.

Rowena's research interests encompass e-government, health informatics, and evaluating information services. These all involve an analysis of how people use information, what they are seeking in accessing information services, and how well these needs are met, whether this is through a health information service, a government website or a library.

Qualifications

MA, Cant; MLitt, Edin; PhD, VUW, FLIANZA

Responsibilities

  • Convenor of the Faculty Leave Committee
  • Convenor of the Faculty Research Committee
  • Convenor of the Faculty Postgraduate Research Degrees Committee
  • Ex Officio member of the Faculty of Graduate Research
  • Ex Officio member of the University Research Committee 

Research

Rowena's research interests encompass e-government, health informatics, and evaluating information services. These all involve an analysis of how people use information, what they are seeking in accessing information services, and how well these needs are met, whether this is through a health information service, a government website or a library. In 2009, Rowena gave her inaugural Professorial Lecture "Why IT matters -- your health and the public health", which explored some of the successful uses of health information technology (IT), and possible reasons for the apparent failure of health IT projects.

Selected Publications

Cullen, R., Clark, M. & Esson, R. (2011). Evidence-based information seeking skills of junior doctors entering the workforce: An evaluation of the impact of information literacy training during pre-clinical years. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 28(2), 119-129.

Cullen, R. & Sommer, L. (2011). Participatory democracy and the value of online community networks: An exploration of online and offline communities engaged in civil society and political activity. Government Information Quarterly. [Accepted, in press]

Cullen, R. & Chawner, B. (2010). Institutional repositories: assessing their value to the academic community. Performance Measurement and Metrics, 11(2), 131-147.

Cullen, R. (2009). Culture, identity, and information privacy in the age of digital government. Online Information Review, 33(3), 405-421.

Cullen, R. (2008). Empowering patients through health information literacy training. In Jesus Lau (Ed.), Information Literacy: International Perspectives (pp. 49-65). The Hague: International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions.

Cullen, R. (2008). New Zealand's 2006 census online: A case study. In Hsinchun Chen, Lawrence Brandt, Valerie Gregg, Roland Traunmuller, Sharon Dawes, Eduard Hovy, Ann Macinstosh & Catherine A Larson (Eds.), Digital Government: e-Government Research, Case Studies, and Implementation (pp. 647-670). New York: Springer.

Cullen, R. & Chawner B. (2008). Institutional repositories in New Zealand: comparing institutional strategies for digital preservation and discovery. International Association of Technological University Libraries 2008 Proceedings.

Cullen, R. & Reilly, P. (2007). Information privacy and trust in government: A citizen-based perspective from New Zealand. Journal of Information Technology and Politics, 4(3), 61-80.

Cullen, R. & Esson, R. (2007). Assessing the impact of information services on the health sector. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 24(1), 1-3.

Cullen, R. (2007). Citizens' concerns about the privacy of personal information held by government: A comparative study, Japan and New Zealand. Proceedings of the 41st Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (pp. 1-10). IEEE Computer Society Press. CD-ROM.

Cullen, R. & Reilly, P. (2007). Information privacy and trust in government: A citizen-based perspective from New Zealand. Proceedings of the 40th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (pp. 1-10). IEEE Computer Society Press. CD-ROM.

Cullen, R. (2007). Evidence and e-Government. Evidence-Based Library and Information Practice 4th International Conference (EBLIP4).

Peter Hernon, Rowena Cullen and Harold C. Relyea. Comparative Perspectives on E-government: Serving Today and Building for Tomorrow. Lanham, Md: Scarecrow Press, 2006.

Rowena J. Cullen. Health Information on the Internet: A Study of Providers, Quality, and Users. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2006

Rowena Cullen, Samantha Callaghan, and Sarah Osborne. "Interlibrary Loan Services in New Zealand: An Environmental Scan and National Survey." A report commissioned by The National Library of New Zealand and the Joint Standing Committee on Interloan. Wellington: School of Information Management, Victoria University of Wellington, 2005.