Natalie Pang

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= Commons researcher and advocate based in Singapore, who also collaborates with the P2P Foundation


Natalie Pang (Assistant Professor, Division of Information Studies, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University) obtained her Ph.D. in Information Management, Social Science from Monash University in 2009, where her research was also awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Commendation for Doctoral thesis excellence and the Faculty of IT doctoral medal. A graduate of Melbourne University and Nanyang Technological University, Natalie has worked on research projects in Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, China and Italy. She has served as a Research Associate of Museum Victoria (History and Technology), the Victorian Association of Tertiary Libraries, and Research Fellow of the Centre for Community Networking and Research (CCNR), Monash University. Natalie has also taught courses in social informatics and computing, information management, information organization, and information sources and searching. Prior to joining Nanyang Technological University she has also worked in The Gallup Organisation, where she was involved with Gallup’s research in behavioural economics and The Gallup World Poll. She is versed in both qualitative and quantitative research approaches, as well as action research methodologies in developing communities.

Research summary:

Her main research interests are: social informatics, cultural informatics, the knowledge commons, and new media information processing. In her work focusing on collective action, Natalie has studied the use and participation in Wikipedia, Facebook, Twiiter and web logs (blogs), including the conditions for such participation, their consequences for cultural institutions (i.e. libraries and museums), cultural attributes, and theoretical implications for collective action theory. Her collaborative work with Museum Victoria on the use of social and interactive media in engaging a community of women on farms in Victoria has also led to the nomination of the project for an Arts Portfolio Leadership in a Community Award in 2007.


Selected publications on p2p-oriented research:

1. Pang, N. (forthcoming). The paradox of the health commons: The benefits and trouble about participation. International Journal of Organisational and Collective Intelligence, Special Issue on Social Media in e-Health: Emergent issues in ethics, trust and privacy.

2. Pang, N. (2010). Cultivating the women on farms gathering community: A digital approach. International Journal of Community Informatics, Special issue on Gender in community informatics, Available online:

3. Pang, N. and Schauder, D. (2007). The Culture of Information Systems in Knowledge-Creating Contexts: Rethinking User-Centred Design. Informing Science Journal, Special Issue: A double helix relationship of use and redesign in Information Systems, 10, 203-235.

4. Pang, N. (2010). Seeking Utopia: Collectives and the commons in the contemporary media environment. In D. Haftor and A. Mirijamdotter (eds.), Information and Communication Technologies, Society and Human Beings: Theory and Framework (Festschrift in honour of Gunilla Bradley) (pp. 386-398), IGI Global.

5. Pang, N. (2009). The role of participatory design in constructing the virtual knowledge commons. In D. Akoumianakis (ed), Virtual Communities of Practice and Social Interactive Technologies: Lifecycle and Workflow Analysis (pp. 86-100), IGI Global Inc.

6. Pang, N., Denison, T., Williamson, K., Johanson, G., and Schauder, D. (2008). Augmenting Communities with Knowledge Resources: The Case of the Knowledge Commons in Public Libraries. In A. Aurigi and F. De Cindio (eds.), Augmented Public Spaces: Articulating the Physical and Electronic City (pp. 185-199), Ashgate Publishing.

7. Pang, N. (2007). Cultivating communities through the knowledge commons: the case of open content licenses. In H. Sasaki (ed), Intellectual Property Protection for Multimedia Information Technology (pp. 260-277), IGI Global.

8. Pang, N., Johanson, G., Denison, T., Schauder, D., and Williamson, K. (2007). Public libraries as communal knowledge commons. In L. Stillman and G. Johanson (eds.), Constructing and Sharing Memory: Community Informatics, Identity and Empowerment (pp. 87-100), Cambridge Publishing.

9. Ang, P.H. and Pang, N. (2010). Going beyond talk: Can international internet governance work? Proceedings of the 5th Annual Symposium of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet), 13 September 2010, Vilnius, Lithuania.

10. Pang, N. (2010). Land, livelihood, and IT: Commons in Asia depend on more than the consent of a village (translated into German). INKOTA-Brief, 153(September), p. 13-15.

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