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UCD School of Information & Communication Studies

Scoil an Léinn Eolais agus na Leabharlannaíochta UCD

Dr. Lee Komito
Associate Professor Emeritus

B.A. (University of California); M.A. (University of Pennsylvania); Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania)     

School of Information and Communication Studies
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4; Ireland

Contact details:

Office Hours by appointment only

Recent Projects:
Online survey of the ICT use by immigrant communities; European Commission research project funded through the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies. April 2011 - April 2012.
ConnectIEM is a large-scale survey, intended to better understand how immigrant communities in the European Union use information and communication technologies (ICT) - and the effects of this use on their social, economic, and cultural integration.

Social media, information and community amongst foreign nationals in Ireland. Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences two year grant under Strand 1 (Research Stimulator Grants) of the Research Development Initiative. 2008-2011.

Information seeking and communication amongst Polish nationals in Dublin. UCD Seeding Funding (Horizon Scanning). 2007-2008.

Research Interests:

  • Anthropological perspectives on information, information and communications technologies, science and technology, material culture
  • New forms of community:
    • migration, integration and Web 2.0 social networking technologies
    • electronic and virtual communities
    • trans-national identity and Irish diaspora
  • E-governance:
    • e-participation
    • e-inclusion and policy formation
    • communities, social networks and social capital
  • The Internet, social change, and the Information Society
  • Ethnographic studies of organisations, information systems and work practices
  • Political clientelism in urban Ireland

Awards and Distinctions

  • Newman Research Fellowship, University College Dublin, 1990-1993
  • President's Research Fellowship, University College Dublin, 2003-2004
  • Visiting Lecturer, Royal School of Library and Information Science, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1999
  • U.S. National Science Foundation Fellowship, 1992
  • University of Pennsylvania Fellowship, 1973, 1974.

PhD Supervision

  • Rosemarie Gilligan - Supervisor (degree awarded 2008)
  • Jessica Bates - Supervisor (degree awarded 2009)
  • Laura Toogood - Supervisor (degree awarded 2011)
  • Declan Tuite - Supervisor (degree awarded 2013)
  • Shane McLoughlin - Supervisor (degree awarded 2016)
  • Paul O Reilly - Supervisor

(For full cv, click here.
For citations,

Social Media and Migration: virtual community 2.0”. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 2011, v. 62 (6), pp. 1075-1086. doi> 10.1002/asi.21517

E-Governance in Ireland: New Technologies, Local Government and Civic Participation” (2012) in New Trends in Irish Governance. Hardiman, N. (ed) Manchester University Press. pp. 196-211.

“Migration, Community and Social Media” (2012) co-authored with J. Bates. in Transnationalism in the Global City. Boucher, G.; Grindsted, A.; Vicente T. L (eds). Bilbao, Spain: University of Deusto pp. 97-112

Migrants' information practices and use of social media in Ireland: networks and community”, co-author: Jessica Bates Proceedings of the 2011 iConference, Seattle, WA, USA; February 08 - 11, 2011. ACM New York, NY, USA ©2011 pp: 289-295 doi> 10.1145/1940761.1940801

"Social media and the migrant experience" , UCD Today 30 May 2010

Lee Komito”, MOSAIC: A Celebration of Irish Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Mark Duncan, Paul Rouse & Eileen Reilly. Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2010. pp. 34-37.

The Experience of Virtual Communities: Cosmopolitan or Voyeur?” in The Claims of Cosmopolitanism, O’Donovan, Patrick and Laura Rascaroli (eds.) Peter Lang. 2010. pp. 135-149.

The culture of paper, information and power: an Irish example”. Anthropology in Action, 16, 1 (2009): 41–55 © Berghahn Books and the Association for Anthropology in Action doi> 10.3167/aia.2009.160105

Virtually Local: social media and community amongst Polish nationals in Dublin”. Aslib Proceedings: New Information Perspectives, vol. 61, no. 3: 232-244, 2009. doi>10.1108/00012530910959790

“The constituency role of Dáil deputies” in Politics in the Republic of Ireland, revised 5th edition. Routledge, 2009: 230-262

Information Society Policy”, Knowledge Policy: Challenges for the 21st Century, Hearn, Greg and David Rooney (eds.) Edward Elgar. 2008: 83-97

"Community and inclusion: the impact of new communications technologies". Irish Journal of Sociology, 16 (2):77-96. 2007

"E-Governance in Ireland: New Technologies, Local Government and Civic Participation", UCD Geary Institute Working Paper WP2007/34.

"e-Participation and Governance: Widening the net". Electronic Journal of e-Government Volume 3 Issue 1 2005 (39-48). [pdf format].

The Information Revolution and Ireland: prospects and challenges. UCD Press, 2004.
pdf version

E-Governance in Ireland: new technologies, public participation, and social capital”. Proceedings of the 4th European Conference on E-Government: towards innovative transformation of the public sector. 17-18 June 2004, Dublin. Academic Conferences International; Reading, England: 411-418.

"Electronic Community in an Information Society: paradise, mirage, or malaise?", Journal of Documentation, vol. 57, no. 1, January 2001: 115-129. doi>10.1108/EUM0000000007080

"Knowledge, culture and community: limitations of place in the Information Society", 39th European Congress proceedings, Dublin: European Regional Studies Association, 1999.

"Political Transformations: clientelism and technological change", Exploring Cyber Society conference proceedings, Volume II, John Armitage and Joanne Roberts, eds., University of Northumbria at Newcastle, 1999.

Virtual Communities: paradise or mirage? Communitarian Summit 1999; February 27-28, 1999 Washington, D.C.

"Paper ‘work’ and electronic files: defending professional practice", Journal of Information Technology, 13 (4): 235-246. December 1998. Special Issue: Interpretive Research in Information Systems. doi>10.1057/jit.1998.3

"The Net as a Foraging Society: flexible communities", The Information Society 14(2): 97-106, 1998. Special Issue: Virtual Societies. doi> 10.1080/019722498128908

"Politics and Administrative Practice in the Irish Information Society", Economic and Social Review, 28(3): 295-300, July 1997.

"Knowledge as Power: New Forms of Capital", presented to 'Shifting the Balance of Power', Democratic Left 1995 Autumn School on October 21st, 1995, at Trinity College, Dublin.

"Communities of Practice and Communities of Trust: global culture and information technology", Anthropology Ireland; 4 (1); 1994; pp. 33-45.

Personalism and brokerage in Dublin politics”, Irish Urban Cultures. Chris Curtin, Hastings Donnan and Thomas Wilson (eds). Belfast: Institute of Irish Studies, The Queen’s University of Belfast, 1993. pp. 79-98.

"Information Technology and Regional Development: promises and prospects", Environment and Development in Ireland. John Feehan (ed). Dublin: The Environmental Institute, University College, Dublin, 1992. pp. 166-171.

"Brokerage or Friendship? politics and networks in Ireland", Economic and Social Review, 23(2): 129-145, January 1992.

"Voters, Politicians, And Clientelism: A Dublin Survey", Administration 37 (2): 171-196, 1989.

"Dublin Politics: symbolic dimensions of clientelism", Ireland from Below: Social Change and Local Communities. Chris Curtin and Thomas Wilson (eds). Galway: Galway University Press, 1989. pp. 240-259.

Politics and Clientelism in Urban Ireland: information, reputation, and brokerage. University Microfilms International 8603660. 1985 [522K to download]. To view by chapters, see thesis contents.

"Irish Clientelism: a reappraisal", Economic and Social Review, 15(3): 173-194, April, 1984. [pdf format]

Development Plan Rezonings: The Political Pressures Promise and Performance: Irish Environmental Policies Analysed, John Blackwell and Frank Convery (eds). Dublin: Resource and Environmental Policy Centre; University College, Dublin, 1983, pp. 293-302.

rev: 04-Sep-2017
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The Information Revolution and Ireland: prospects and challenges

social media and the migration experience

UCD Today article