Dr. Stephen Thorpe is an academic, educator and group facilitator who specializes in group work in the online world. He is passionate about online group work, group facilitation and online collaborative technologies. His 2009 PhD from the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand investigated the use of storytelling as a team-building process in the facilitation of online groups. He has a background in group facilitation and computer-assisted group work and user-centered design. Stephen also holds a Diploma of Facilitation from Zenergy and a Bachelor of Business with First Class Honours from Auckland University of Technology.
He is the Head of External Relations and Development at the School Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences and the Editor-in-Chief of Group Facilitation: A Research and Applications Journal; an international multi-disciplinary publication focused on the art and science of group facilitation published by the International Association of Facilitators. His areas of research interest include cloud computing, information security, online groups, storytelling, virtual teams, e-Government, group facilitation, virtual worlds and education, multi-stakeholder engagement, information technology governance and computer mediated communication.