Ryan Whalen

Adjunct (FGS)

Faculty Profiles_Ryan Whalen (214x272)

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School of Information Management

Email: whalen@hku.hk
Mailing Address: 
University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law
10/F, Cheng Yu Tung Tower
Centennial Campus
Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong


Research Clusters:

  • Information and society (information policy, innovation)
  • Scientific information (information networks, patent informatics, scientometrics)
  • Information organisation and representation (data visualization, network science)
  • Data, information and knowledge management (collaboration)
  • Data science (citation analysis, computational social science, empirical innovation studies, network analysis)


  • BA Hons, History (Saint Mary’s University)
  • MA, International Communication Studies (National Chengchi University)
  • JD (Northwestern University)
  • PhD, Media, Technology and Society (Northwestern University)


My research focuses on information policy & law, innovation policy and the relationship between information and innovation. I use data-driven and computational methods including natural language processing and network analytic techniques to help measure and better understand how existing information is used in the production of knowledge. My research spans across multiple disciplines including information science, law, and the social sciences.