School of Social Sciences

Stephen Mutula

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Stephen Mutula


DisciplineInformation Studies


Contact Number 033-260-5571

CampusPietermaritzburg Campus

Office Address New Arts Building, Room 352

Last Updated 8 months ago

Degrees Held

  • PhD (UJ)
  • M.LIB (Wales, UK)
  • PGD. Comp Sci (Nairobi),
  • B.Ed( Nairobi)

Research Interests

  • Information society, information poverty, information ethics, digital exclusion, e-government, information ethics, ICT4D, information for development

Teaching Interests

  • Research methods, Knowledge management, Online information retrieval systems, African information environment, Web 2.0

Selected Publications

Awards and Honors

Type of Award Role/Meaning Date of award
Top 30 researcher at UKZN In 2014
National Research Foundation (NRF rating) –C2 Established researcher who has demonstrated the ability to conceptualize problems and apply research methods to investigating them September 2012
2012 Africa Network of Information Ethics (ANIE) Award Awarded by Capurro Fiek Foundation for Information Ethics (Germany), for outstanding scholar who has contributed immensely to development of Information Ethics in Africa September 2012
Dean’s Award for Service Excellence Outstanding Academic Leader in Service Performance in the School of Social Sciences, UKZN 11 December 2012
Emerald Group Publishing Outstanding Reviewer Awards for 2012 (see Awarded for being and outstanding reviewer for The Electronic Library in 2012 December 2012
Mutula, S.M. (2011). Challenges and Opportunities of E-Government in South Africa. The Electronic Library, 28(1), 38-53. [Winner of 2011 Emerald Literati Awards for Excellence –in the category of Highly Commended Award April 2011
Listed in the Register of Honorary membership of International Who’s Who of Historical Society (USA) Listed in the Society’s of renowned professionals in the world in their areas of specialisations 17 November 2009
Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Library and Information Science, University of Zululand Provide public lectures on invitations, attend key functions of the university, contribute to research efforts of the university, collaborate with faculty on matters of research 2008/2011
UB Researcher of the Year (2007) Recognised for research contributions both locally and internationally 12 December 2008
UB Researcher of the Year (2005 Recognised for research contributions both locally and internationally December 2008
IFLA excellence award for information literacy portfolio developed (2007) Developed a portfolio for IL May 2007
Award winning article (Awarded Literati Club UK IT Diffusion in Sub-Saharan Africa: Implications for Developing and Managing Digital Libraries”., pp. 281-289 2005
Award winning article (Awarded Literati Club UK) Making Botswana an information society: current developments’. The Electronic Library vol 22 No. 2, pp 144-153. 2005
Award winning article (Awarded Literati Club UK Financing Public Universities in Eastern and Southern Africa: Implications for Information Services ‘.Bottomline: Managing Library Finances vol 14 No. 3, pp 116-131. 2002
Award winning paper presented at Standing conference east, central and southern African librarians(SCECSAL) Libraries of the Future: Implications for University Libraries in Eastern and Southern Africa, Windhoek, Namibia 2000


  • Supervised to completion 25 PhDs, 14 Masters and 6 honors

Community Engagement

  • Promotion of information ethics in LIS schools in Africa

Research Projects

  • Implementation of information ethics curriculum in African LIS schools based WSIS Action Line 10
  • ICT use by nurses in hospitals in KwaZulu Natal Province