Dr. Clare Thornley

Senior Lead Researcher


MA (Hons) in Mental Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh
MSc in Information Management from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
PhD in Information Retrieval from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Open University Certificate in Business Studies

Career Highlights

Clare has extensive experience of information and policy work within the UK voluntary sector where she was information officer for The Volunteer Centre UK, a national centre for researching , collecting and disseminating best practice information on volunteering. She has also lectured on information retrieval and organisation, research methods and strategic information management at University College Dublin and Dublin Business School. She was principal investigator on a recent Science Foundation Ireland funded project examining the scholarly impact and technological innovations arising from international video retrieval benchmarking research (TRECVid).Currently she is a team member with the University of Strathclyde, the University of Canberra and the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics in Australia examining the new ethical issues in policy and practice that emerging technologies are bringing to information science. She has recently completed a project funded by the Alfred.P. Sloan Foundation with CIBER Research Ltd and the University of Tennessee on changing patterns of scholarly communication in light of the digital transition.

Research Interests

New ways of measuring research impact and influence on policy and practice; Information management for improved performance; Information ethics; Philosophy of information.

Contact Details:

Tel: +353-1-708-6231
Email: clare.thornley@nuim.ie



Carcary, M., Doherty, E., Thornley, C. (2015) Enabling business innovation and differentiation – maturing the IT capability. IEEE, IT Professional – special Issue on IT-enabled business innovation, 17 (2), pp.46-53.

Ferguson, S., Thornley, C., Gibb, F. (2015) How do libraries manage the ethical and privacy issues of RFID implementation? A qualitative investigation into the decision-making processes of ten libraries. The Journal of Library and Information Science, 47 (2), pp. 117-130.

Thornley, C., Watkinson, A., Nicholas, D., Volentine, R., Jamali, H., Herman, E., Allard, S., Levine, K.J., Tenopir, C. (2015) The role of trust and authority in the citation behaviour of researchers. Information Research, 20 (3), pp.

Veling, L., Thornley, C., Murnane, S., Browne, A., McQuillan, L. (2015) Selecting a Suitable Methodology for an Industry-Academic Collaboration: (Co-)Designing Innovative Solutions to Support Capability Improvement in a Complex Organizational Context. Proceedings of 18th Annual Irish Academy of Management Conference, 2-5 September, NUI Galway, Ireland.


Crowley, C., Thornley, C. (2014) How Can I Know When it’s Time to Stop an IT Project? White paper, IVI publishing. MU ePrints.

Crowley, C., Thornley, C. (2014) When it is time to stop an IT project? 2nd International Conference on Project Evaluation (ICOPEV 2014), 26-27 June, School Of Engineering, University of Minho, Portugal.

Doherty, E., Carcary, M., Thornley, C., et al. (2014) eSkills: The International Dimension and the Impact of Globalisation. European Commission, Brussels. Full report | Brochure

McLaughlin, S., Sherry, M., Doherty, E., Carcary, M., Thornley, C., Wang, Y., CEPIS, IDC, empirica (2014) e-Skills: the international dimension and impact of globalisation. Prepared for the European Commission Directorate General Enterprise and Industry. MU ePrints.

Thornley, C., Doherty, E., Carcary, M. (2014) The Impact of Globalisation. In The eSkills Manifesto. European SchoolNet and Digital Europe, Brussels. MU ePrints.

IVI Services

Martin Delaney
Technology Leader and General Manager
Paul Goddard
Partner and Channel Manager
Sarah Hetherington

IVI Research

Martin Delaney
Technology Leader and General Manager
Dr. Clare Thornley
Senior Research Fellow
Dr. Marian Carcary
Senior Lead Researcher
Gerard Conway
Senior Research Fellow
Piero Formica
Senior Research Fellow
Michael Hanley
Head of Education & Knowledge Services
Paul Heynen
Operations Manager
Conor O'Brien
Louise Veling
Research Fellow
Sinéad Murnane
Research Fellow
Dr. Eileen Doherty
Research Fellow
Catherine Crowley
Research Fellow
Carol Connolly
Senior Executive Assistant

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