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Personal Statement

I am a Professor of Information Seeking and Retrieval in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences.

I work in the area of information seeking and retrieval; understanding how (and why) people search for information and how electronic systems might help them search more successfully. This brings in a wide range of research including theoretical research on the design and modelling of information access systems, empirical research on interfaces and user interaction and research on the methodology of evaluating information access systems.

Recent research has included interface design research to help children search for information, information seeking studies on information poverty within marginalised groups and studies on how people use online information to create a sense of happiness.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • information seeking theory
  • interface design for information access
  • user studies

Teaching Interests

  • information retrieval
  • information seeking
  • qualitative and quantitative research methods

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Glasgow

Master of Science, University of Birmingham

Bachelor of Science, University of Glasgow

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Projects 2009 2019

Research Output 1995 2019

2 Citations

Developing information literacy in dependent and disadvantaged circumstances: a transitional approach in the digital health context

Buchanan, S., Jardine, C. & Ruthven, I., 19 Jan 2018, Fifth European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL), Sep 18-21 2017, Saint-Malo, France. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, p. 409-418 10 p. (Communications in Computer and Information Science)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
digital divide
information service

Information attributes

Ruthven, I. & Pennington, D., 30 Nov 2018, Information at Work: Information Management in the Workplace. Byström, K., Heinström, J. & Ruthven, I. (eds.). London

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
information system


Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)

Ian Ruthven (Recipient), 2010

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Activities 2005 2017

  • 7 Editorial board member
  • 4 Membership of committee
  • 3 Organiser of major conference
  • 2 Key-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences

Scottish Library and Information Council (External organisation)

Ruthven, I. (Advisor)
1 Nov 201731 Oct 2020

Activity: MembershipMembership of committee

Information Seeking in Context Conference Series (External organisation)

Ruthven, I. (Member)
2016 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of committee


Improved user experience of the Europeana Digital Library through user-centred evaluations

Ian Ruthven (Participant), Milena Dobreva (Participant), Emma Graham (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalCulture and creativity, Public understanding, information and debate


Understanding the Information Needs of Young First Time Mothers from Areas of Multiple Deprivation

Steven Buchanan (Participant), Ian Ruthven (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalHealth and welfare - new products, guidelines and services, Professional practice, training and standards