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Research Interests

My research focuses on the information behaviours of prisoners, particularly those serving long-term sentences in maximum-security prisons. My current research explores the sensitive context of information need; highlighting social, affective and practical barriers to information access in prisons, which contribute to prisoners living in information impoverished circumstances. I am also interested in exploring the potential for cultural activity to support recognition and articulation of information needs, particularly those of a sensitive nature, and the potential support role of the prison library in relation to this.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science


Master of Science


Bachelor of Arts



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  • Euan Minto Prize

    Alkhurayyif, Y. A. A. (Recipient), Almaghairbe, R. H. G. (Recipient), Kheirbakhsh Abadi, A. (Recipient), Smith, L. (Recipient), Davies, S. (Recipient), Foster, C. (Recipient), Nicol, Emma (Recipient), Goodfellow, Martin (Recipient), Canning, Cheryl (Recipient) & Gibson, Ryan Colin (Recipient), 2018

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