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Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education



Sherida Ryan
Lecturer

email: sherida.ryan@utoronto.ca  
email: sherida@openflows.net


Departments:
Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

Social Economy Centre


Research Overview

My research focus is on the impact of emerging technology on community development and social economy organizations. I coordinate the Community University Research Alliance on Social Business and Marginalized Social Groups and am the Knowledge Mobilization and Social Media Director for the Social Economy Centre.

I am also an Internet research analyst for Metaviews, a Toronto based organization that provides research and consulting services on the relationship between media, technology, and society.

Academic History

After a successful career in health care (Occupational Therapist, Professional Practice Leader), I decided to return to university to explore other interests. This has lead to a second career as a researcher and lecturer in adult education and community development.

Doctor of Philosophy, Adult Education and Community Development (2009)
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto
Dissertation Title: Trust and participation in Usenet health support groups
Master of Arts, Adult Education and Community Development, (2003)
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto
Thesis Title: Donít trust anyone outside your pack: Initial trust formation in an online social activist network


Teaching Overview

My teaching interests include community development / community informatics, information technology, workplace learning and change, information technology and adult education, social economy organizations and various methods that support research in these areas.

Courses taught:

Community Development: Innovative Models
The Internet, Adult Education and Community Development
Technology@Work: The Internet in workplace learning and change
Introduction to Research Methods in Adult Education
Outline of Adult Education


Representative Publications

Mook, L., Quarter, J., & Ryan, S. (2012). Businesses with a difference: Balancing the social and the economic. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Mook, L., Quarter, J., & Ryan, S. (2010). Researching the Social Economy. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
 
Ryan, S. (2010). The online social economy In L. Mook, J. Quarter & S. Ryan (Eds.), Researching the Social Economy. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
 
Quarter, J., Carmichael, I., & Ryan, S. (2008). Pensions at work: Socially responsible investment of union-based pension funds. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
 
Ryan, S. (2006-2007). Trust and participation in Usenet health support communities. International Journal of Self Help & Self Care 5(1), 43-72.
 
Honours and Awards

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Community University Research Alliance: Social Business for Marginalized Social Groups (2010-2015)

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Social Economy Centre (2009-2010)

The Scholarship Recognition Award, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (2007-2008)

Open Source/Open Access Student Experience Award (2007)

Doctoral Fellowship, The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (2005-2007)

Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (2003-2005)


Professional Activities

Association for Non-Profit and Social Economy Research (ANSER) (2007 Ė present)
Program Coordinator, ANSER/ARES Annual Conference (2011-present)
Board Member (2009 - present)