Saguna Shankar is a Liu Scholar and doctoral student at the iSchool at the University of British Columbia. She is interested in ways in which information practices are designed and adapted over time, particularly in the context of migration. In her work, she hopes to better understand how individuals manage their lives by using information to navigate the challenges posed by transitional experiences.
Since 2016, Saguna has participated in a research partnership between the iSchool and the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) Scholars program, which explores the information practices of university students who have experienced forced migration. In this ongoing project, WUSC Scholars are invited to talk about their experiences of migration, and to share their perspectives on information practices and services. This project uses arts-based methods to visually and collaboratively document studentsâ€™ information worlds, including the people, places, and things that help students search for, discover, and use information.
Saguna is interested in continuing to use creative methods for storytelling and dialogue about settler colonialism, migrant justice, and social change. She is investigating ways in which ethnographic and participatory methods may be adapted to be more culturally and ethically sensitive in working collaboratively with diverse peoples.
Saguna earned a Master of Library, Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at Kingâ€™s College London and the University of London. Before starting graduate school, Saguna lived and worked in India, the U.K., and Qatar, which seeded her interests in cultural identity, decolonizing work, diverse information practices, migrant justice, and the (re)design of information services and systems.