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Reader, Head of Information Behaviour Research, and Director of PG Teaching within the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde.  With a particular interest in Information Behaviour at both the organisational and individual level, research interests and expertise encompass organisational and human information behaviours.

Extensive experience of applied information needs analysis within the organisational context through his authoritative information audit work, including a commonly cited methodology that has been applied across a number of public and private sector organisations.  Currently leading a number of projects investigating human information behaviours in marginalised and/or disadvantaged circumstances including a major information poverty study exploring how public information providers spanning (but not limited to) health, social care, and education can support young first time mothers from areas of multiple deprivations and their children to prosper in the digital age.

Internationally recognised, he has been engaged across Europe and Australasia by a number of public and private sector organisations, and currently has active research partnership agreements with Glasgow Life and Barnardo’s, and is an advisor to the Scottish Government and the National Health Service Scotland.  Research funded by ESRC, EPSRC, and AHRC; and has a track record of research publications in top quartile Information Science Index (ISI) ranked journals.  Recipient of an Emerald Literati Review Outstanding Paper Award; and two Outstanding Teaching Certificates of Recognition.  Member of the ESRC Peer Review College and Carnegie Trust Research Assessor.


  • Information seeking behaviour
  • Information systems analysis
  • information management

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Projects 2011 2020

The Role of Public Libraries in Glasgow Communities in the 21st Century

Buchanan, S.


Project: Research - StudentshipResearch Studentship

cultural capital

Research Output 1998 2018


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


The application of classical architectural criteria to 3D digital library design to enhance the learner experience

Author: Mycock, J. V., 1 Oct 2015

Supervisor: McMenemy, D. (Supervisor) & Buchanan, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Activities 2016 2017

  • 4 Membership of committee
  • 2 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Participation in conference
  • 1 Key-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences

University of Texas Austin iSchool iForum Series Invited Speaker

Buchanan, S. (Invited speaker)
2017 → …

Activity: Invited talk

Scottish Government (External organisation)

Buchanan, S. (Advisor)
2017 → …

Activity: Membership of committee


A framework for the holistic analysis of organisational information systems

Steven Buchanan (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalProfessional practice, training and standards, Education, Economic and commerce

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