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Personal Statement

Key research interests

Interaction design and Information Behaviour.

Current projects

Emma is currently a Research Associate investigating digital applications for young people who self-harm along with Diane Pennington of CIS and Stephen McCluskey of Health in Mind.


Emma is a member of the Strathclyde iSchool Research Group (SISRG) at CIS. https://www.strath.ac.uk/research/subjects/computerinformationscience/strathclydeischoolresearchgroup/


Emma is a researcher with 15 years of experience on a variety of projects funded by the EU, EPSRC, ESRC, HEA, NHS Scotland, Scottish Government and others, chiefly concerning the co-creation of interactive technology for education, health and wellbeing, and cultural settings, and has a particular interest in information access and literacy. 

Emma's research has involved a wide variety of stakeholders including young mothers, school children, university students, older adult learners and health and educational professionals. She has extensive experience of designing and running co-design activities with both children and adults to inform, for example, the development of interactive technology for mobile platforms and for public display screens and designed and undertaken evaluations of such technology both in the lab and in the wild.

Emma is author or co-author of 35+ refereed publications and has presented her findings to a variety of audiences, including at international conferences and workshops, NHS and Scottish Government events and to the general public at events such as Engage with Strathclyde. In recent years she was co-organiser of a workshop at the Interaction Design for Children conference on the roles that children can play in co-design activities, as well as co-editing a special journal issue on the same theme.

Emma has a keen interest in mental health and wellbeing and since 2007 has been supporting a number of students facing mental health challenges and students with autism as a mentor with the University of Strathclyde’s Wellbeing Service. She has been a facilitator of the university's mindfulness drop-in sessions since their establishment in 2015.


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Projects 2013 2015

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Mobile phones

Research Output 2005 2018

Developing health information literacy in disadvantaged and dependent circumstances: the everyday role of Family Nurses

Buchanan, S. & Nicol, E., 24 Sep 2018. 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access
9 Downloads (Pure)

Developing health information literacy in disengaged at-risk populations: insights to inform interventions

Buchanan, S. & Nicol, E., 17 Sep 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Documentation.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
health information
Public health


OATS_201601 Injected Errors Study 2

Dunlop, M. (Creator), Komninos, A. (Creator), Nicol, E. (Creator), University of Strathclyde, 10 Oct 2016


OATS_201504 Injected Errors Study 1

Dunlop, M. (Creator), Komninos, A. (Creator), Nicol, E. (Creator), University of Strathclyde, 10 Oct 2016



An ethnographic investigation of information seeking in the primary classroom

Author: Nicol, E., 1 Jul 2006

Supervisor: Landoni, M. (Supervisor) & Ruthven, I. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Euan Minto Prize

Yazeed Ahmed A Alkhurayyif (Recipient), Rafig H Guma Almaghairbe (Recipient), Aydin Kheirbakhsh Abadi (Recipient), Lauren Smith (Recipient), Steven Davies (Recipient), Catherine Foster (Recipient), Emma Nicol (Recipient), Martin Goodfellow (Recipient), Cheryl Canning (Recipient) & Ryan Colin Gibson (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

information science