Desireé is appointed as Lecturer within the School of Management, with a current remit to teach Business Information Systems and E-Commerce.

She undertook a Doctoral degree in the broad area of Higher Education Management, focusing specifically on Knowledge Management within the UK Higher Education context, which has led to several publications, presentations at international conferences, and a post-PhD collaborative link. She is co-author on a number of papers, and has been a reviewer of a special edition of the International Journal of Transitions and Innovation Systems. Prior research conducted embraced the area of technology use within education to enhance learning, processes and practices.

She was instrumental in designing and writing a proposal for funding to support a Management Information Systems project, which she then went on to project manage. She has 10 years of lecturing experience and 7 ½ years of Management and Project Management experience within the Higher Education context. After pursuing her degree in South Africa (B.Sc. Mathematics and Computer Science), she assisted in the student computer laboratories for 6 months and then started lecturing, which she continued to do for 10 years while pursuing her further education (B.Sc. Hon Information Systems – UNISA, and M.Sc. Data Communication Systems – Brunel University).

She then took up a secondment to the Institutional Planning Office to project manage an institutional wide project at the University of the Western Cape, which addressed issues of equitable student access, student progression, professionalising services, managing information and graduate employability.

After 5 years within this management role, she accepted an opportunity to undertake a Sabbatical, after receiving a research and management scholarship and to pursue a PhD at the University of Southampton, where she also worked as the Faculty Graduate School Manager for several years.

Areas of Expertise

  • Knowledge and Information Management
  • Higher Education Management
  • Grounded Theory
  • Technology use within education
  • Project Management within Higher Education Context


  1. Venter, P., Blignaut, P., Cranfield, D., Cranfield, D. Computer Based Education in a third world setting: Obstacles in Developing a model for distance education in disadvantaged communities
  2. Cranfield, D., Cranfield, D. Fast tracking students from disadvantaged backgrounds into main stream Computer Science South African Computer Journal 26 230
  3. Cranfield, D., Taylor, P., Cranfield, D. Knowledge Management and Higher Education: A UK Case Study The Electronic Journal of Knowledge Management 6 2 100
  4. Cranfield, D., Taylor, J., Cranfield, D. Knowledge Management Practices within Higher Education Institutions in the UK 4th International Conference on Intellectual Capital Knowledge Management and Organisational Learning/ PROCEEDINGS OF THE 4TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INTELLECTUAL CAPITAL, KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT AND ORGANISATIONAL LEARNING 97
  5. Santos-Rodigues, P., Cranfield, D., Cranfield, D. Intellectual Capital and Financial results: A Case Study 5th European Conference on Intellectual Capital (11 to 12 April 2013), Bilbao,

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