Ms Anika Meyer


Office: IT Building 6-52, Hatfield Campus
Tel: +27 12 420 4655

BIS Information Science, BIS (Hons) Information Science, Master of Information Technology (Pretoria) (all Cum Laude

  • Information behaviour
  • Makerspaces
  • Creativity
  • Third Space
  • Virtual learning environments (VLEs)
  • Collaborative information seeking
  • Knowledge management
  • Participatory design
  • Holistic ergonomics
Researcher ID profile:
Modules offered
Module coordinator and lecturer:
  • INL 120 – Information Science: Organisation and representation of information
  • INL 130 – Information Science: Personal information management
  • INY 716 – Information and knowledge management (II)


  • INL 370 – Information Science: Experiential learning project
  • INY 734 – Research report

Liaison for Information Science students:

  • JCP 202 – Community service projects
Postgraduate supervisor
  • Masters’s dissertations
  • Honours research reports

Ms. Anika Meyer is a Lecturer in the Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria. Her journey as a dedicated and passionate lecturer and researcher in the Department of Information Science, at the University of Pretoria, commenced in January 2015. She completed her Master's studies in 2016, titled: Information behaviour in academic spaces of creativity: a building science pseudo-makerspace. She is currently enrolled for her doctoral studies at the Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria, titled: Information sharing in participatory design of a virtual academic creative space.

She has presented at international conferences (e.g., ISIC and EAHIL) and is a member of the ASIS&T African Chapter and Knowledge Management South Africa (KMSA). She has also participated as a panel speaker in the ISIC Conference Panel in Zadar, Croatia on 20-23 September with other panelists such as Professor Tom Wilson (University of Borås, Sweden), Professor Theresa Anderson (University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia), Professor Ross J. Todd (The State University of New Jersey, USA) and Ms. Naailah Parbhoo-Ebrahim (University of Pretoria, South Africa). Lastly, she was part of the local organising committee for the ISIC2020 virtual conference hosted in Pretoria, South Africa. She was also the session chair for the opening session of this conference.  

Recent publications and presentations
  • Hansen, P., Fourie, I. & Meyer, A. (2021). Third Space, Information Sharing and Participatory Design. Synthesis Lectures on Human-Centered Information. Morgan & Claypool Publishers.
  • Meyer, A. & Fourie, I. (2021). Ethical challenges and protection of privacy. In I. Fourie (Ed). Autoethnography for Librarians and Information Scientists. Routledge.
  • Meyer, A., Fourie, I., & Hansen, P. (2020). A participatory design informed framework for information behaviour studies. In Proceedings of ISIC, the Information Behaviour Conference, Pretoria, South Africa, 28 September - 1 October, 2020. Information Research, 25(4), paper isic2004. Retrieved from (Archived by the Internet Archive at
  • Meyer, A. (2019). Feel, Think, Act: Exploring the question-asking behaviour of architecture students during creative design projects. Presented at the UP Carnegie Conference in Kievits Kroon, Pretoria, South Africa on 25-29 March 2019.
  • Meyer, A., Hansen P. & Fourie I. (2018). Assessing the potential of third space to design a creative virtual academic space based on findings from information behaviour In Proceedings of ISIC, The Information Behaviour Conference, Krakow, Poland, 9-11 October: Part 1. Information Research, 23(4), paper isic1814. Retrieved from (Archived by WebCite® at
  • Anderson, T.A., Fourie, I. Meyer, A. & Ball, L. (2018). How Ethical will you be with my Deepest Story?. Presented at iConference Sessions for Interaction and Engagement 2018 in Sheffield, UK on 25-28 April.
  • Meyer, A. & Fourie, I. (2018). Information behaviour of architecture students in creative design projects. Aslib Journal of Information Management, 70(4), pp.414-433.
  • Meyer, A. & Fourie, I. (2018). Applying Maniotes’ third space in guided inquiry model as a theoretical framework to understand architectural students’ information behaviour: a quantitative approach. Innovation: journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa, 2018(56), pp.91-114.
  • 2021 - Recipient of the annual Peter Underwood book prize for academic research achievement for co-authoring the book titled Third Space, Information Sharing and Participatory Design
  • 2020 - Awarded for the Best Local Paper Award at the ISIC 2020 Conference in Pretoria, South Africa
  • 2018 - Received the Teaching and Learning Award for the Department of Information Science
  • 2016 - Received Master in Information Technology [MIT] Degree with Honorary Colours (Distinction) at the University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • 2014 - Received BIS (Hons) Information Science Degree with Honorary Colours (Distinction) at the University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • 2014 - Top Honours Student in Information Science
  • 2013 - Received BIS (Hons) Information Science Degree with Honorary Colours (Distinction) at the University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • 2013 - Best Third Year Student in Information Science
  • 2012 - Top JCP Community-based Project
  • 2012 - One of the Top Second Year Students in Information Science
  • 2011 - Top First Year Student in Information Science
  • 2011 - Member of Golden Key International Honour Society
  • Perform article reviews for national (e.g., Mousaion) and international journals (e.g., Library Hi-Tech, Nursing Education Today and ASLIB Journal of Information Management)
  • First book published in 2021 in collaboration with Prof Preben Hansen (Stockholm University, Sweden) and Prof Ina Fourie (University of Pretoria, South Africa) 

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