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Expertise & Capabilities

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


Personal Statement

I am a Research Associate 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.

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

I have also conducted research on the use of digital simulations in higher education in a number of subject domains including Law, on interactive displays in museums as well as research on widening access in Science and Engineering.

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

I am currently taking part in the HEA’s Aurora Leadership programme and am working towards fellowship of the HEA.

I have authored many publications in Information Behaviour and Human Computer Interaction and published in the key international venues for those topics including SIGIR, JDoc, ECIL, ASIS&T, IIiX, CHI, DIS and INTERACT.

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. I was co-facilitator of the university's Everyday Meditation drop-in sessions from their establishment in 2015.


Teaching Interests

I teach on several modules at CIS on Post-graduate and Graduate Apprenticeship (GA) programmes.

  • GA Information Technology (Software Dev): CS355 User-centred Design
  • GA Cybersecurity: CS810 Compliance & Operational Security Mgmnt, CS811 Information Security Research Project and Dissertation
  • MSc Advanced Computer Science: On-campus module 2021
  • MSc Digital Health Systems: Healthy Ageing

I supervise several dissertations projects on the GA Cybersecurity.

In the past I have taught on the MSc Information and Library Studies and Bsc Computer Science 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

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Faculty Of Science

Award Date: 7 Nov 2019

Master of Science, University of Glasgow

Award Date: 30 Nov 2001

Bachelor of Science, 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, 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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