Dr. Middleton held a Canada Research Chair, external link in Communication Technologies in the Information Society (2007-2017) and was named to the inaugural cohort of the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, external link, opens in new window in 2014. Her re...
Dr. Middleton held a Canada Research Chair, external link in Communication Technologies in the Information Society (2007-2017) and was named to the inaugural cohort of the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, external link, opens in new window in 2014. Her research focuses on the development and use of new communication technologies, with specific interests in mobile devices and fixed and wireless broadband networks. She is also interested in how Canadians use (or don't use) the internet in their daily lives.
Dr. Middleton's research has been funded by SSHRC, Infrastructure Canada, Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society, the Networks of Centres of Excellence, Statistics Canada and Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson). Her research projects have investigated the use of ubiquitous communication technologies (like Blackberries) in organizations, the development of next generation broadband networks (including Australia's National Broadband Network), competition in the Canadian broadband market, and Canadians' internet use. She was the Principal Investigator for the Community Wireless Infrastructure Research Project, external link and is the Co-Investigator on the Canadian Spectrum Policy Research Project, external link. She is a member of the Ageing + Communication + Technologies, external link research team.
In 2016, Dr. Middleton gave her second "Big Thinking, external link" lecture on The Challenges of Digital Inclusion in Canada. Her first Big Thinking lecture, in 2010, offered insights to Canadian parliamentarians about what is needed to develop a digital society for all Canadians.
Dr. Middleton was a member of the GRAND, external link Networks of Centres of Excellence project. She is the Chair of the Board of Directors of CANARIE, Canada's advanced research and innovation network.
Dr. Middleton's article (with Wendy Cukier) titled "Is Mobile Email Functional or Dysfunctional? Two Perspectives on Mobile Email Usage" won the 2007 Stafford Beer Medal for best paper in the European Journal of Information Systems.
Dr. Middleton held a Statistics Canada Fellowship in 2006-07 to work with the Household Internet Use and Canadian Internet Use Survey data.