Profile

Title: Professor
First Name: Rita
Surname: Marcella
Position: Dean of Faculty (ABS)
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 263904
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Role and Responsibilities

Professor Rita Marcella is Dean of Faculty at Aberdeen Business School. As Dean she is responsible for the strategic leadership and management of the Faculty, with over 300 staff in 5 subject departments - Business Management, Accounting & Finance, Information Management, Communication, Marketing and Media, and Law. She also has overall responsibility for the student experience of over 4000 students, including undergraduate, masters and doctoral students from the UK/EU and overseas students from 100 countries; on-campus and distance learning students; wider access and CPD and corporate students.

Key External/Professional Roles

Professor Marcella sits on numerous boards and committees and her memberships include:
Member of Management Development Committee of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
Member, National Library of Scotland, Research Development Sub-Committee
Member, Scottish Institute for Policing Research Board
Member, Scottish Council for Development and Industry Committee
Member, Energetica Committee developing regional strategy for a sustainable future
Member, Grampian Racial Equality Council Board (GREC)
Member, Board of Albyn School
Member of North East Scotland Tourism Partnership (NESTOUR) Committee
Membership of European Foundation for Management Development Deans and Directors, Political Studies Association, AMBA, APM etc.
Member, MURG (Modern Universities Research Group)
Member of Editorial Committee, European Information
Member of team offering advice and expert comment to the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology in preparation of a report, Electronic government: information technologies and the citizen

External Examinerships with: the University of Central England in Birmingham, Liverpool John Moores University, Strathclyde University, University of Glasgow and the University of Northumbria

Peer Reviewer - ESRC; AHRC; Israel Science Foundation; LTSN; the Library and Information Commission; and the British Library Research and Innovation Centre (formerly British Library Research & Development Department)

Referee for the Journal of Documentation, Education for Information, Journal of Non-Profit and Public Sector Marketing, Library Review and the Journal of Librarianship and Information Science and a number of conferences
Referee for the consideration of professorial appointments externally
Referee for the Open University Press in regard to possible new titles

Research Projects 

 (Externally funded with total funds achieved in excess of £1,500,000)

Recent projects include:

Project Lead - Managing the safety chain (OPITO International, 2012)
Project Lead - Competence or compliance in health and safety. (OPITO, 2011)
Project Lead - Information Systems in Health and Safety management (AVEVA, 2011)
Project Lead - Beyond the Barricades (OPITO, 2010)
Project Lead - Riding the rapids: leading the oil and gas sector through challenging economic times. (PSN, Ernst & Young and McGrigors, 2009)
Project Lead - Small business failure: the causes and consequences (FSB, 2009) 
Project Lead - Small business failure: the causes and consequences (FSB, 2009) 

Awards

The Institute of Information Scientists' Jason Farradane Award 1994 for international achievement in the field of Information Science - awarded for the development of the MSc in Information Analysis, ‘a unique and innovative course'.

Award for the best paper presented in the Informatics, Voting and Political Parties at Politics and Information Systems: Technologies and Applications (PISTA) Conference, Florida, 2003.

MCB Award for excellence 1997 for the production of an outstanding paper.

Anbar Electronic Intelligence Citation of Excellence with the highest quality rating for a paper.

Public Output

Book Chapter

Marcella, R., Illingworth, L. and Baxter, G. (2008). The creative industries in Scotland: flexible friends or foes?  In: Ross, K. and Price, S. (eds) Popular media and communication: essays on publics, practices and processes. Newcastle upon Tyne Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp.102-129.

Journal Articles (since 2002) 

Peer reviewed journals are marked with an asterisk (*)

Marcella, R., Pirie, T. and Rowlands, H. (2013). The information seeking behaviour of oil and gas industry workers in the context of health, safety and emergency response:  a discussion of the value of models of information behaviour. Information Research, 18(3). Available at: http://www.informationr.net/ir/18-3/paper583.html#.Uu-LpCf5NaQ

*Baxter, G. and Marcella, R. (2012). Does Scotland ‘like' this? Social media use by political parties and candidates in Scotland during the 2010 UK General Election campaign. Libri, 62 (2), pp. 109-124.

*Marcella, R. and Illingworth, L. The impact of information behaviour on small business failure. Submitted to Information Research, 2011.

*Baxter, G., Marcella, R., and Varfis, E. (2011). The use of the Internet by political parties and candidates in Scotland during the 2010 UK General Election campaign. Aslib Proceedings, 63 (5), 464-483. 

*Marcella, R. and Baxter, G. Organizational information behaviour in the public consultation process in Scotland. Information Research, 2010, 15(4), online.

Marcella, R, Williams, D, Tourish, N. (2009) Riding the rapids through recession. (2010). Aberdeen Business Journal, 5, pp. 16 - 23.

*Marcella, R., Baxter, G., Cheah, S. The use of the Internet by political parties and candidates as part of their campaign for election to the Scottish Parliament in 2007. Libri, 2008, 58(4), pp.294-305.

*Marcella, R., Baxter, G., Davies, S. and Toornstra, D. The information needs and information seeking behaviour of the users of the European Parliamentary Documentation Centre: a customer knowledge study. Journal of Documentation, 2007, October, 63 (6), pp. 920 - 934.

Marcella, R. View from a business school. Business Information Review @ 2007 Sage Publications, Los Angeles, London, New Delhi and Singapore, Vol 24(1): 30-35 doi:10.1177/0266382107075934

*Marcella, R., Baxter, G. and Moore, N., 2005. The impact of new technology on the communication of parliamentary information. Journal of Non-Profit and Public Sector Marketing, 14(1/2), pp.185-203.

*Marcella, R., Baxter, G. and Smith, S., 2004. The use of the Internet by candidates as part of their campaign for election to the Scottish Parliament in 2003. Journal on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, 2(2).

*Marcella, R. and Knox, K., 2004. Systems for the management of information in a university context: an investigation of user need. Information Research, 9(2).

*Marcella, R. and Davies, S., 2004. The use of customer language in international marketing communication in the Scottish food and drink industry. European Journal of Marketing, 38(11/12), pp.1382-1395.

*Marcella, R., Robson, H. and Brown, A.J.E., 2004. A survey of cataloguing practice in regional archives in the North East of England: part two. Cataloguing and Classification, 151, pp.1-5.

*Marcella, R., Baxter, G. and Moore, N., 2003. The effectiveness of parliamentary information services in the United Kingdom. Government Information Quarterly, 20(1), pp.29-46.

*Marcella, R., Baxter, G. and Moore, N., 2003. Data collection using electronically assisted interviews in a roadshow - a methodological evaluation. Journal of Documentation, 59(2, pp.143-167.

*Marcella, R., Robson, H. and Brown, A.J.E., 2003. Cataloguing practice in regional archives in the North East of England: part one. Cataloguing and Classification, 148 (Summer), p.1-5.

*Marcella, R., Baxter, G. and Moore, N., 2002. An exploration of the effectiveness for the citizen of Web-based systems of communicating UK parliamentary and devolved assembly information. Journal of Government Information, (November-December), 29(6), pp.371-391.

Marcella, R., 2002. The new framework for cooperation on an Information and Communication strategy for the European Union: a research perspective. European Information, pp.21-22.

*Marcella, R., 2002. The role and future of subject classification: the exploitation of resources. Journal of the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians, 2(2), pp.3-6.

*Marcella, R., Davies, S. and Williams, D.A., 2002. The language strategies of Scottish exporters in the food and drink sector. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 9(4), pp.358-369.

*Marcella, R., Baxter, G. and Moore, N., 2002. Theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of information need in the context of citizenship and new information and communication technologies. Journal of Documentation, 58(2), pp.167-190.

*Marcella, R., 2002. Women on the web: a critical appraisal of a sample reflecting the range and content of women's sites on the Internet, with particular reference to the support of women's interaction and participation. Journal of Documentation, 58(1), January, pp.73-96.

Marcella, R. and Pickard, A., 2002. Education and employment opportunities in European information. European Information.

Conference Papers (since 2002)

NB: peer reviewed conferences are marked with an asterisk (*)

*Baxter, G., Marcella, R., Chapman, D. and Fraser, A. Goin’ Holyrood? A study of voters’ online information behaviour when using parties’ and candidates’ websites during the 2011 Scottish Parliament election campaign. Paper presented at the second International Conference on Integrated Information, Budapest, 30 August to 3 September 2012.

*Baxter, G. and Marcella, R. Does Scotland ‘like' this? The use of social media by political parties and candidates in Scotland during the 2010 UK General Election campaign. Paper presented at the third Information: interactions and impact (i3) conference, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, 20-23 June 2011.

Marcella, R., and Pirie, T. Beyond the Barricades. The quest for global health, safety and emergency response training standards in the oil and gas industry. In: Opito Global Safety and Competence Conference, Abu Dhabi, 25 November 2010.

*Baxter, G., Marcella, R., and Illingworth, L. Organisational information behaviour in the public consultation process in Scotland. In: 8th Information Seeking in Context conference, Murcia, Spain, 28 September to 2 October 2010.

*Marcella, R. and Illingworth, L. (2009) Small Business Failure: The causes and consequences. In: The ISBE 32nd Annual Conference 4th November 2009. Liverpool 2009.

Marcella, R., Illingworth, L. and Baxter, G. (2007) Gender policies and flexible working opportunities in the Scottish creative industries. Paper presented at the workshop ‘This motley crew': managing ‘creatives' and the creative unit, organised by the Institute for Capitalising on Creativity and held at the University of Dundee, 21 March 2007.

*Marcella, R., Illingworth, L. and Baxter, G. (2007) The media and communication industries: flexible friends or foes? Paper presented at the 3rd Joint Annual Conference of MeCCSA and AMPE, Coventry, 10-12 January 2007.

Marcella, R. and Baxter, G. (2006) Screen Futures business support study. Paper presented at the Screen Futures launch event at Screen Academy Scotland, Edinburgh, 6 December 2006.

*Berrisford, S. and Marcella, R. (2006) Exploring the background of Women MSPs and their relationship with Print Journalism and Media Broadcasting in Scotland. In: Proceedings Scottish Media & Communication Association - SMCA Conference 22nd September 2006. Perth College 2006.

Marcella, R., Illingworth, L. and Baxter, G. (2006) Gender barriers in the Scottish creative industries. Paper presented at a seminar organised by the Centre for Cultural Policy Research at the University of Glasgow, 13 February 2006, and at two project dissemination events held at the Lighthouse, Glasgow, 21 and 22 March 2006.

*Marcella, R., Baxter, G. and Illingworth, L. (2006) Glass ceilings and velvet ghettos? Women in the Scottish media and communication Industries. Paper presented at the 2nd Joint Annual Conference of MeCCSA and AMPE, Leeds, 13-15 January 2006.

*Berrisford, S. and Marcella, R. (2003) Women in Scottish Politics: a study of women MSPs and their communication with journalists in mainstream and political news media. In: Proceedings Fifth Annual Conference Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association MeCCSA. 19th-21st December 2003. University of Sussex © 2003.

Marcella, R., Baxter, G. and Webster, L. Establishing public interest. Paper presented at the conference, Freedom of information in Scotland - the road to compliance, University of Stirling, 22 April 2004.

*Marcella, R., Baxter, G. and Smith, S. The use of the Internet by candidates as part of their campaign for election to the Scottish Parliament in 2003. In: Carrasquero, J.V., Welsch, F., Urrea, C., and Tso, C. (eds). Proceedings of the international conference on politics and information systems: technologies and applications, 31 July - 2 August 2003, Orlando. Orlando: International Institute of Informatics and Systemics, 2003, pp.246-251. Selected as the best paper presented in the Informatics, Voting and Political Parties session. Also to be published in the Journal on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, available at http://www.iiisci.org/Journal/SCI/pdfs/P108958.pdf

Berrisford, S. and Marcella, R. (2004) Women in Scottish Politics: a study of women MSPs and their communication with journalists in mainstream and political news media. (Work in Progress). Feminism Contesting Globalisation. Women's Studies Network Association (UK and Ireland). Newsletter Number forty-four, February 2004. ISSN: 1362-475X

Marcella, Rita. (2003) Information and communication in a political context. In: The power of information: Grampian Information Annual Conference, at the Macaulay Institute, Aberdeen, 21st November.

*Marcella, R., Baxter, G. and Moore, N. (2003) The impact of new technology on the communication of parliamentary information. Paper presented at the 53rd Annual Conference of the Political Studies Association, Leicester, 15th-17th April. Also published in the Journal of Nonprofit and Public Sector Marketing, 2005, 14(1/2), pp.185-203.

*Marcella, R., Baxter, G. and Moore, N. (2003) The impact of information and communication technologies on the communication of parliamentary information in the United Kingdom. Paper presented at the European Communication Association Congress, Munich, 24th-26th March.

*Marcella, Rita. (2003) The users of European information: research priorities. In: The European Information Association Annual Conference, Cambridge, 31st March-1st April.

*Brown, A.J.E., Marcella, R. and Robertson, H. (2002) The Enterprise and Employability Fund in support of regional archive collections. In: Enterprise and Employability: proceedings of a conference held at Northumbria University. Newcastle upon Tyne, 4th July.

*Marcella, Rita.(2002) Women and European information. Paper presented at the Gender Research Forum, London, 11th February, 2002. Women and Equality Unit, Cabinet Office.

Research Reports

(NB: all reports are publicly available)

Marcella, R. and Pirie, T. (2010) Beyond the barricades: the quest for global health and emergency response training standards in the oil and gas industry. A report on research carried out for OPITO.

Marcella, R., Williams, D. and Tourish, N. (2009).
Riding the rapids: leading the oil and gas industry through recession. A research report for PSN.

Marcella, R., Baxter, G. and Illingworth, L. (2006) Women in the creative industries. A research bulletin for the European Social Fund.

Marcella, R., Illingworth, L., Baxter, G. and Smith, F. (2005) Women in media and communication. A research bulletin for the European Social Fund.

Marcella, R., Webster, L. and Baxter, G. (2004) Preparation and testing of the public interest questionnaire required under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. A report for JISC infoNet.

Marcella, R., Baxter, G. and Davies, S. (2004) Parliamentary Documentation Centre customer knowledge study. A report for the European Parlament.

Marcella, R. and Baxter, G. (2003) A corporate records management strategy for the Robert Gordon University.

Marcella, R., Baxter, G. and Moore, N. (2002) The impact of new technologies on the communication of parliamentary information: a pilot study. A report for the Economic and Social Research Council.

Marcella, R. and Baxter, G. (1999) Citizenship information. London: British Library. [British Library Research and Innovation Report No. 173]

Marcella, R. and Baxter, G. and Campbell, F. (1999) Professional development and the recently qualified information and library studies professional: factors affecting success in attainment of the Library Association's Associate status and attitudes to Continuing Professional Development. A report for the Library Association.

Marcella, R., Baxter, G. and Parker, S. (1996) European information in public libraries in the United Kingdom. London: British Library. [British Library Research and Innovation Report No.19]

Models of help desk provision: an analysis of areas critical to help desk development and functionality. (1996) British Library Research & Development Department. [British Library Research & Development Report No. 6247]

The Intelligent City. (1996) London: British Library Research & Development Department. [British Library Research & Development Report]

Business information in rural Grampian: an analysis of needs and resources: Stage 2 of a SLIC funded project. (1996) SLIC.

An investigation into gender differences in the oral communication of technical information. (1995) Nuffield Foundation.

Business information in rural Grampian: an analysis of needs and resources: Stage 1 of a SLIC funded project. (1994) SLIC.

Professor Rita Marcella - biography