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Catherine Middleton

Catherine Middleton

Title:

Professor

Education:

B.A., MBA, Ph.D.

Office:

TRS3-094

Telephone:

416-979-5000 x 7923

Biography:

Dr. Catherine Middleton

Dr. Middleton holds a Canada Research Chair in Communication Technologies in the Information Society and was named to the inaugural cohort of the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists 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, Statistics Canada and Ryerson University. 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 and is the Co-Investigator on the Canadian Spectrum Policy Research Project. She is a member of the Ageing + Communication + Technologies research team.

Dr. Middleton was a "Big Thinking" speaker in 2010, offering insights to Canadian parliamentarians about what is needed to develop a digital society for all Canadians and gave testimony to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology Study of Broadband and Internet Access Across Canada in 2013.

Dr. Middleton was a member of the GRAND Networks of Centres of Excellence project. She is the Vice-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, and continues to work closely with Statistics Canada to analyze internet usage data.

Dr. Middleton teaches Innovation and Organization Theory in the MBA/MMSc program in the Ted Rogers School of Management, and teaches and supervises students in the Communication and Culture graduate program.

Department:

Information Technology Management

Position Currently Held:

Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Communication Technologies in the Information Society

Research Interests

Development and use of new communication technologies, Ubiquitous communication technologies, Broadband networks, Internet Usage

Select Research and Professional Contributions

Books

Choudrie, J., & Middleton, C. (Eds.). (2014). Management of Broadband Technology Innovation: Policy, Deployment and Use. New York: Routledge.
Barrett, M., Davidson, E., Middleton, C., & DeGross, J. (Eds.). (2008). Information Technology in the Service Economy: Challenges and Possibilities for the 21st Century. Boston: Springer.

Book Chapters

Middleton, C. (2014). Mobile Media and Next Generation Broadband: Policy and Markets. In G. Goggin & L. Hjorth (Eds.), Routledge Companion to Mobile Media (pp. 94-103). London: Routledge.

Choudrie, J., & Middleton, C. (2014). Introduction. In J. Choudrie & C. Middleton (Eds.), Management of Broadband Technology Innovation: Policy, Deployment and Use (pp. 1-24). New York: Routledge.

Middleton, C. A. (2013). Beyond Broadband Access: What Do We Need to Measure, and How Do We Measure It? in Taylor, R. D. & Schejter, A. M. (Eds.), Beyond Broadband: Developing Data-Based Information Policy Strategies (pp. 9-22). New York: Fordham University Press.

Middleton, C. (2011). From Canada 2.0 to a Digital Nation: The Challenge of Creating a Digital Society in Canada. In M. Moll & L. R. Shade (Eds.), The Internet Tree (pp. 3-16). Ottawa: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Middleton, C. (2011). Structural and Functional Separation in Broadband Networks: An Insufficient Remedy to Competitive Woes in the Canadian Broadband Market. In M. Moll & L. R. Shade (Eds.), The Internet Tree (pp. 61-72). Ottawa: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Refereed Journal Articles

Middleton. C. (2016). Followup Intervention Regarding Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015–134 and CRTC 2015–134–1: Review of basic telecommunications services.

Rajabiun, R., & Middleton, C. (2015). Lemons on the Edge of the Internet: The Importance of Transparency for Broadband Network Quality. Communications & Strategies. (98), pp. 119-136.

Rajabiun, R., & Middleton, C. (2015). Public Interest in the Regulation of Competition. Journal of Information Policy, 5, 32-66. doi: 10.5325/jinfopoli.5.2015.0032

Rajabiun, R. & Middleton, C. (2014). Regulation, investment and efficiency in the transition to next generation broadband networks: Evidence from the European Union. Telematics & Informatics. 32(2), pp. 230-244. doi: 10.1016/j.tele.2014.09.001

Middleton. C., Scheepers, R., & Tuunainen, V. K. (2014). When Mobile is the Norm: Researching Mobile Information Systems and Mobility as Post-Adoption Phenomena. European Journal of Information Systems. 23(5), pp. 503-512. doi: 10.1057/ejis.2014.21

Allen, M., Park, S., Middleton, C., & Thompson, P. (2014). Broadband Futures: Content, Connectivity and Control. Media International Australia. 151, pp. 113-116.

Middleton, C. (2014). Building a Digital Society: Questions for Communication Researchers. Australian Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy. (2:1), pp. 27.1-27.11

Shepherd, T., Taylor, G. & Middleton. C. (2014). A Tale of Two Regulators: Telecom Policy Participation in Canada. Journal of Information Policy. (4), pp. 1-22.

Rajabiun, R. & Middleton, C. (2013). Rural Broadband Development in Canada’s Provinces: An Overview of Policy Approaches. Journal of Rural and Community Development. (8:2), pp. 7-22.

Scheepers, R. & Middleton, C. (2013). Personal ICTs and Ubiquitous Information Systems Environments: Key Issues and Research Implications. Communications of the AIS. (33:22), pp. 381-392.

May, S. J. & Middleton, C. (2013). The Other Mobile TV: ATSC MDTV Broadcasting in Canada. Canadian Journal of Communication. (38:4), pp. 663-672.

Rajabiun, R., & Middleton, C. A. (2013). Multilevel Governance and Broadband Infrastructure Development: Evidence from Canada. Telecommunications Policy. (37:9), pp. 702-714.

Samaan, Z., Schulze, K., Middleton, C., Irvine, J. Joseph, P., Mente, A., Shah, B., Desai, D., Anand, S. (2013). South Asian Heart Risk Assessment (SAHARA): Randomized Controlled Trial Design and Pilot Study. JMIR Research Protocols, 2(2/e33).

Middleton, C., Park, S., & Allen, M. (2013). Converging on an NBN Future: Content, Connectivity, and Control – a Symposium Overview. Telecommunications Journal of Australia. (63:1), pp. 8.1-8.12.

Crowe, R. & Middleton, C. (2012). Women, Smartphones and the Workplace: Pragmatic Realities and Performative Identities. Feminist Media Studies. (12:4). pp. 560-569.

Middleton, C. (2011). Canada’s Telecommunications Policy Environment. Telecommunications Journal of Australia. (61:4). pp. 69.1-69.14.

Middleton, C. A. & Bryne, A. (2011). “An Exploration of User-Generated Wireless Broadband Infrastructures in Digital Cities.” Telematics & Informatics. (28:3). pp. 163-175. doi: 10.1016/j.tele.2010.08.003.

Middleton, C. A. & Given, J. (2011). “The Next Broadband Challenge: Wireless.” Journal of Information Policy. (1:1). pp. 36-56.

Middleton, C. A. (2010). “Delivering Services over Next Generation Broadband Networks: Exploring Devices, Applications and Networks.” Telecommunications Journal of Australia. (60:4). pp. 59.1-59.13.

van Gorp, A. & Middleton, C. A. (2010). “Fiber to the Home Unbundling and Retail Competition: Developments in the Netherlands.” Communications & Strategies. (78). pp. 87-106.

Biggar, J., & Middleton, C. (2010). “Broadband and Network Environmentalism: The Case of One Million Acts of Green.” Telecommunications Journal of Australia. (60:1). pp. 9.1-9.17.

van Gorp, A. & Middleton, C. A. (2010). “The Impact of Facilities and Service-Based Competition on Internet Services Provision in the Canadian Broadband Market.” Telematics and Informatics. (27:3). pp. 217-230.

Middleton, C. A. (2009). “Can Broadband Support Environmental Sustainability? An Exploration of Claims at the Household Level.” Telecommunications Journal of Australia. (59:1). pp. 10.1 - 10.14

Cukier, W., Bauer, R., Ngwenyama, O. & Middleton, C. A. (2009) “A Critical Analysis of Media Discourse on Information Technology.” Information Systems Journal. (19). pp. 175-196.

Refereed Conference Proceedings

Park, S., Freeman, J., Middleton, C., Allen, M., Eckermann, R., & Everson, R. (2015). “The Multi-Layers of Digital Exclusion in Rural Australia.” Proceedings of the 48th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Hawaii: IEEE. pp. 3631-3640.

Sullivan, J., Scheepers, R., & Middleton, C. A. (2009). “Conceptualizing User Satisfaction in the Ubiquitous Computing Era.” Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Phoenix, AZ.

Reports

Middleton, C. (2015). Response to the Industry Canada Consultation on Developing a Digital Research Infrastructure Strategy.

Middleton, C. (2015). Intervention – Regarding Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015-134 and CRTC 2015-134-1: Review of basic telecommunications services.

Sapach, S., Rockwell, G., & Middleton, C. (2015). Data Management Plan Recommendation for Social Sciences and Humanities Funding Agencies.

Taylor, G. & Middleton, C. (2015). Response to the Consultation on Repurposing the 600 MHz Band. Gazette Notice SLPB-005-14.

McNally, M., Taylor, G. & Middleton, C. (2014). Response to the Consultation on the Technical, Policy and Licensing Framework for Advanced Wireless Services in the Bands 1755-1780 MHz and 2155-2180 MHz (AWS-3). Gazette Notice SLBP-004-14.

Middleton, C. (2014). Response to the Pre-tender consultation paper on the provision of free public Wi-Fi services in Tasmania. September 2014.

Middleton, C. (2014). Independent Review of the Review of the SWIFT Regional Broadband Feasibility Study for the Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus.

Rajabiun, R. & Middleton, C. (2014). Intervention – Regarding Review of wholesale services and associated policies, Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2013-551, 15 October 2013 and CRTC 2013-551-1, 8 November 2013.

Obar, J. A., Taylor, G., Antoine, D., Bivens, R., Caidi, N., Johnson, A., Middleton, C. & Skinner, D. (2014). Mapping Digital Media: Canada. Open Society Foundations.

Middleton, C. (2013). Response to the Consultation on Capitalizing on Big Data: Toward a Policy Framework for Advancing Digital Scholarship in Canada.

Middleton, C. Shepherd, T., Crow, B., Shade, L. R., & Sawchuk, K. (2013). Final Reply Regarding the Consultation on Proceeding to establish a mandatory code for mobile wireless services. Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2012-557.

Middleton, C. Shepherd, T., Crow, B., Shade, L. R., & Sawchuk, K. (2013). Comment Regarding the Consultation on Proceeding to establish a mandatory code for mobile wireless services. Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2012-557.

Middleton, C., Shepherd, T., Shade, L. R., Sawchuk, K. & Crow, B. (2012). Intervention Regarding the Consultation on Proceeding to establish a mandatory code for mobile wireless services: Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2012-557.

Diamond, S., Roberts, V., Cater, B., Crow, B., Draper, P., Harfoush, N., Ladner, S., McEwen, R., Middleton, C., O’Farrell, M., Osterlund, K., Parisi, I., Pollock, A., Punnett, S., Purves, T., Rosen, H., Schwartz, G., Woodill, G. (2012). Taking Ontario Mobile. Toronto: OCAD University.

Taylor, G. & Middleton, C. (2012). Response to Consultation on a Licensing Framework for Broadband Radio Service (BRS) — 2500 MHz Band. Canada Gazette Notice No. DGSO-004-12.

Taylor, G. & Middleton, C. (2012). Response to Consultation on a Licensing Framework for Mobile Broadband Services (MBS) – 700 MHz Band. Canada Gazette Notice No. DGSO-002-12.

Cukier, W. & Middleton, C. (2012). Assessing the Impact of Universities in the Ecosystem: Incubators, Accelerators and the Culture of Innovation. Report for the SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Initiative on Leveraging Public Investments in Higher Education R&D to Stimulate Innovation.

Middleton, C. A. & Biggar, J. (2012). Government International Best Practices in Fostering ICT Adoption among Small and Medium Enterprises: Lessons for Canada. Report for Industry Canada Electronic Commerce Branch.

Middleton, C. A. (2012). Response to Call for Evidence UK House of Lords Select Committee on Communications: Will superfast broadband meet the needs of our “bandwidth hungry” nation?

Chan, Y., Hassanein, H., Ivus, O., Middleton, C. A. et al. (2011). Broadband Strategic Research and Impact Analysis: Development of a Partnership and Evaluation Framework for Assessing the Social and Economic Impacts of Provincial Broadband Investments. Report for the Ministry of Government Services, Ontario.

Middleton, C. A. (2011). Final Arguments Regarding Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2011-77: Review of billing practices for wholesale residential high-speed access services.

Taylor, G. & Middleton, C. A. (2011). Response to Broadcasting and Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2011-344: Fact-Finding Exercise on the Over-The-Top Programming Services in the Canadian Broadcasting System.

McNeish, J., Middleton, C. A. & Hazra, U. T. (2011). What Is It About The In-Person Or Phone Experience That Employment Insurance And Canada Pension Clients Do Not Receive Online? Report for Service Canada.

Middleton, C. A. & Hazra, U. T. (2011). Understanding the costs and benefits associated with advanced e-business solutions in Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises. Report for Industry Canada Electronic Commerce Branch.

Taylor, G. & Middleton, C. A. (2011). Response to Industry Canada Consultation on a Policy and Technical Framework for the 700 MHz Band and Aspects Related to Commercial Mobile Spectrum Canada Gazette Notice No. SMSE-018-10.

Middleton, C. A. (2010). Preparing Canada and Canadians for the Digital Society: Research on Digital Infrastructure and Digital Literacy. Submission to the Industry Canada Digital Economy Consultation.

Middleton. C. A., Veenhof, B. & Leith, J. (2010). Intensity of Internet Use in Canada: Understanding Different Types of Users. Ottawa: Statistics Canada – Business Special Surveys and Technology Statistics Division Working Papers.

Middleton, C. A., McLaren, T. & Fan, X. (2009). Electronic Procurement in Canada in 2009: Who is doing it, Why, and How? Report for the Canadian Purchasing Research Foundation.

Teaching

Undergraduate

ITM 102 Business Information Systems I
ITM 315
Network Administration
ITM 700 Information Technology and Strategic Management
ITM 800 Applied Feasability Analysis
ITM 805 Special Topics in IT Infrastructure

Graduate

MT 8212 Innovation & Organizational Theory
MT 8310
Special Topics in Information Systems Management
CC 8849 Topics in Politics and Policy
CC 8987 Selected Topics in Technology in Practice: Broadband and Mobile Communication Technologies
Research Funding

Year

Source

Program

Amount/Year

Principle Investigator

2015-2019

SSHRC

Insight

$70,046

Catherine Middleton

2015-2018

Australian Research Council

Discovery

$96,570

Ian McShane, RMIT University

2014-2021

SSHRC

Partnership Grant

$427,609

Kim Sawchuk, Concordia University

2014-2017

SSHRC

Partnership Development Grant

$66,666

Robert Kerton, University of Waterloo

2013

SSHRC

Connection Grant

$19,700

Gregory Taylor, Ryerson University

2012-2017

 

Canada Research Chair: Tier II

$100,000

Catherine Middleton

2012-2016

SSHRC

Insight Grant

$154,325

Gregory Taylor, Ryerson University

2012

SSHRC

Knowledge Synthesis Grant

$25,000

Wendy Cukier, Ryerson University

2011

Canadian Media Research Consortium

Small Grant

$4,500

Catherine Middleton

2011-2012

Government of Ontario

Grant in Support of Science and Research

$124,300

Sara Diamond, OCAD University

2010-2013

SSHRC

Standard Research Grant

$26,332

Catherine Middleton

2010-2011

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario

 

$70,000

Sonia Anand, McMaster University

2010-2015

Networks of Centres of Excellence

 

~$50,000

Kellogg Booth, UBC

2010

Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society (University of Melbourne)

Seed Funding Grant

$30,328 (AUD)

Rens Scheepers, Patrice Auger, University of Melbourne, Australia

2009

MITACS

Accelerate

$15,000

Catherine Middleton

2009-2010

SSHRC

Investigator, International Opportunities Grant

$35,000

Catherine Middleton

2009

Canadian Purchasing Research Foundation

 

$7,000

Catherine Middleton

2008-2011

SSHRC

Management, Business and Finance Grant

$65,133

Catherine Middleton

2007-2012

Canada Research Chair: Tier II

 

$100,000

Catherine Middleton

Education
Ph.D.   York University, Canada
M.B.A. Bond University, Australia
B.A. Queen's University, Canada
Honours & Awards

2014

Named to the Royal Society of Canada College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists

2012

Canada Research Chair (renewal)

2009

Ryerson University Faculty SRC [Research] Activity Award

Contact Catherine

Title:

Professor

Education:

B.A., MBA, Ph.D.

Office:

TRS3-094

Telephone:

416-979-5000 x 7923

Website:

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