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1994 …2023

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Viviane is a Senior Lecturer and Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow in the Faculty of Information Technology. Her research focuses on the preservation of information and on recordkeeping as a tool to empower marginalised communities. Her current research is investigating the  information access and information preservation needs and preferences of marginalised rural communities with the aim to design a framework for culturally-sensitive and gender-sensitive information dissemination and information preservation.

Viviane has 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 2 books, 2 monographs and 24 journal articles, most of them as single author. She has published in English and in French.

She has received several grants including:

  • 2021-2023, Australian Research Council DECRA Research Fellowship: $547,601
  • 2021, Whyte Fund Grant: $ 45,034 for the project "Investigation of the recordkeeping systems used by community-based organisations and youth organisations in Bangladesh” with Dr Khalid Hossain
  • 2019, White Fund Grant: $13,500 for her project “Lost in translation: A comparative study of French and Australian archival theories and practices”.

Viviane was General Editor (Editor-in-Chief) of Archives and Manuscripts between January 2019 and January 2022 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) and a special issue of the Gazette des archives on the Archives of Childhood.

Research interests

Viviane’s research interests include archival theory; impact of cultural and linguistic influences on the management and preservation of digital information; analogue and digital  preservation and sustainable development, including 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

FIT5106 Information Organisation

FIT5107 Recordkeeping Informatics

FIT5205 Data in Society

FIT5206 Digital Continuity


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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