Digital Curation and Digital Heritage 

Qualitative user requirements analysis and usability evaluation of information systems, documentation methods for user requirements and usability evaluation.

Researchers: Professor Kalpana ShankarDr Amber CushingDr Judith Wusteman

Project Links:  Social Science Data Archives: History and Sustainability                   


Information and Digital Literacy 

Information literacy and digital literacy are distinct, yet overlapping concepts, which encompass a broad spectrum of skills, practices, attributes and behaviours, in personal, professional, educational and everyday life situations, and across multiple cultural, social and political contexts.

Researchers: Associate Professor Crystal Fulton, Dr Claire McGuinnessDr Bahareh Heravi

Human Computer Interaction

Our school researches the role that the users play in the design and impact of new technology.  In particular our work focuses on how technology impacts users behaviours and attitudes as well as how to design technology to better suit the user.

Researchers: Dr Benjamin CowanDr Judith Wusteman, Dr Marguerite Barry


Communication and Technology

‌The school conducts a significant amount of research on how technology shapes how we communicate with each other, as well as how we communicate with a number of language based devices.

Researchers:  Dr Benjamin Cowan, Dr Marguerite Barry Dr Bahareh Heravi


Scholarly Communication and Research Evaluation

Scholarly Communication and Research Evaluation explores the use of bibliometrics, data, peer review processes, and funding models in relation to research practices and research policies in universities, funding agencies, and research councils. Ethnographic, qualitative, and mixed methods are used to inquire the complexity of the dynamic interrelationship between research practices and research evaluation. 

Researchers: Professor Kalpana ShankarDr Lai Ma

Critical Information Studies 

Critical Information Studies examines information-related phenomena from a critico-social perspective. This research approach can be used to study a wide range of topics, including philosophy of information, culture and communication, information infrastructures, and so on. Conceptual and historical analyses are the primary apparatuses in this approach.

Researchers: Dr Lai MaDr Marguerite Barry


Information Behaviour 

Information behaviour explores the multiple ways in which we interact with information, including finding, evaluating, communicating, organising, creating, utilising (or not using) information in a variety of contexts, such as our leisure, everyday, and work lives.  Research in this field encompasses cognitive, affective, physical, and technological factors, as well as passive and active approaches to information among individuals and groups of people.

Researchers: Associate Professor Crystal FultonDr Claire McGuinness


Data Journalism 

Data Journalism uses Social Science, Information Science and Data Analytics techniques in conjunction with journalism and storytelling to find and produce compelling data-driven stories.

Researcher: Dr Bahareh Heravi


     Information and Media 

       Data storytelling, data driven communication, information design, social media research, socio political aspects of information and media studies.

       Researcher: Dr Bahareh Heravi


Our Publications

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