Personal profile

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Information seeking behaviour
  • User-centred Design
  • Usability studies
  • Participatory Methods
  • Field Ethnography


Personal Statement

I am a Lecturer in Information Behaviour in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences (CIS).

My main research interests are Information Behaviour and Human Computer Interaction (HCI).

My experience of empirical investigations of information seeking and user interactions with technology encompasses studies in many human contexts and occupational domains including Education, Healthcare, Law, FinTech and Cultural Heritage. Much of my research has been driven by a curiosity regarding the information and technological needs and practices of understudied and often vulnerable populations such as children and young people and older adults.

Recent projects

"Cumulative Revelations in Personal Data" (EPSRC), exploring the organisational security risks posed by the digital traces created by online personal information sharing.

SIPA2 Improving the Pharmaceutical care of People with Sensory Impairment:

Research Affiliations

I am a member of ACM SIGCHI and ASIS&T and participate in the Strathclyde iSchool Research Group (SISRG), Digital Health and Wellness Group (DHAWG) and Cybersecurity Research Group at CIS. 


I have served as Programme Committee member for the Ageing and Accessibility track of CHI and for CHI Play and was co-organiser of workshops and panels on Ageing and Technology at CHI and MobileHCI and on Children and Technology at IDC. I have co-edited special issues of the International Journal of Child Computer Interaction and the International Journal of Mobile HCI. I review for CHI, MobileCHI, NordiCHI, DIS and many of the key conferences and journals in Information Science and HCI.

I am interested in mental health, wellbeing and widening access and was a mentor with the Disability and Wellbeing Service for many years. 


Teaching Interests

I am programme leader for MSc Information Management and Deputy Director of PGT (Student Experience) at CIS.

I lead modules on a number of CIS's PGT programmes:

CS978 Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues for the Information Society
CS800 Health Information Governance
CS955 Information Law

and lead a module on the Graduate Apprenticeship in Information Technology & Software Development:

  • CS355 User-centred Design

I supervise MSc dissertations projects across several PGT programmes.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Computer and Information Sciences, Faculty Of Science

Award Date: 7 Nov 2019

Master of Science, Information Technology (Software and Systems), University of Glasgow

Award Date: 30 Nov 2001

Bachelor of Science, Physics, University of Glasgow

Award Date: 30 Jun 1996


  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Information behaviour
  • Children and Technology
  • Older Adults
  • Mobile Communications
  • Cybersecurity
  • Simulation
  • Information seeking
  • computer science
  • Participatory Methods
  • text-entry
  • User-centred design
  • user experience
  • Mental health
  • Young People
  • Digital health
  • Co-design
  • Ageing research
  • Information retrieval
  • ethnography
  • healthy ageing


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  • Euan Minto Prize

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

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Top 10 IRIS 2022 LexisNexis Best Paper Award

    Schafer, Burkhard (Recipient), Nash, Callum (Recipient), Nicol, Emma (Recipient), Htait, Amal (Recipient), Briggs, Jo (Recipient), Moncur, Wendy (Recipient), Azzopardi, Leif (Recipient) & Carey, Daniel (Recipient), 25 Feb 2022

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)