1994 …2020

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Personal profile


Viviane is a researcher with a multidisciplinary expertise in archival science, political science, Asian studies and community informatics. She received a PhD in Political Science from Monash University (2000) and an MA in Southeast Asian Studies from the University of Kent, UK (1991).  She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Information and Knowledge Management with specialisations in Archives and Recordkeeping and in Library and Information Science from Monash University (2015). Since 2015, she has occupied teaching and research positions in the Faculty of Information Technology, including as a Research Fellow on the PROTIC project, a community-informatics project in collaboration with Oxfam in Bangladesh, from September 2017 to March 2020.

Viviane is the author of 1 book, 2 monographs and 15 journal articles, most of them as single author. She has published in English and in French.

She has received several grants including:

  • 2020, Advancing Women’s Research Success Grant: $11,000 for her research on digital preservation in Francophone countries.
  • 2019, White Fund Grant: $13,500 for her project “Lost in translation: A comparative study of French and Australian archival theories and practices”.

Viviane is General Editor of Archives and Manuscripts, and guest editor of a special issue on “Scholarly and professional Communication in Archives: Archival Traditions and Languages” with Emeritus Professor Eric Ketelaar (University of Amsterdam). She also guest-edited 2 special issues of Archival Science on “Archives in a Changing Climate” with Associate Professor Fiorella Foscarini (University of Toronto).

Research interests

Viviane’s research interests include archival theory; the impact of cultural and linguistic influences on the management and preservation of digital information; and documentation systems that help rural communities and disadvantaged communities to preserve information in formats that will meet their needs for the short and long terms.

Monash teaching commitment

As a lecturer, Viviane has taught the following units in the Master of Business Information Systems:

FIT5105 Information Access

FIT5107 Recordkeeping Informatics

FIT5205 Data in Society

FIT5206 Digital Continuity


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Research Output

Documentation in a community informatics project: the creation and sharing of information by women in Bangladesh

Frings-Hessami, V., Sarker, A., Oliver, G. & Anwar, M., 2020, In : Journal of Documentation. 76, 2, p. 552-570 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Empowering women through access to information: the sustainability of a community informatics project in Bangladesh

Anwar, M. & Frings-Hessami, V., 2020, Sustainable Digital Communities : 15th International Conference, iConference 2020 Boras, Sweden, March 23–26, 2020 Proceedings. Sundqvist, A., Berget, G., Skjerdingstad, K. I. & Nolin, J. (eds.). Cham Switzerland: Springer, p. 3-14 12 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science ; vol. 12051 ).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review

The end of archival ideas?

Frings-Hessami, V., 27 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Archives & Manuscripts. 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review

Open Access

Archives in a changing climate: proposing new "solutions" for a new era

Frings-Hessami, V. & Foscarini, F., 16 Jul 2019, In : Archival Science. 19, 3, p. 209-213 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Archives in a changing climate: responding to a diversity of environments

Foscarini, F. & Frings-Hessami, V., Dec 2019, In : Archival Science. 19, 4, p. 303-307 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review

Open Access


  • 2 Editorial responsibility

Archives & Manuscripts (Journal)

Viviane Frings-Hessami (Editor in chief)

1 Jan 201931 Dec 2021

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

Archival Science (Journal)

Viviane Frings-Hessami (Guest editor)


Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility