The information mapping board game: a collaborative investigation of asylum seekers and refugees? Information practices in England, UK

Kahina Le Louvier, Perla Innocenti

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Introduction. This paper discusses the use of an information mapping board game for collaboratively identifying information practices of a small group of asylum seekers and refugees in the North East of England, UK. Method. Drawing on participatory visual methods, an original information mapping board game was designed. Analysis. Qualitative results are discussed and analysed using grounded theory, constant comparative analysis, and situational mapping. Results. The use of an information mapping board game allows participants going through the asylum process to become actively involved in mapping and sharing their own information practices, sources and barriers within a playful collaborative environment. It enables participants to become aware of their acquired information literacy by sharing knowledge, and to adapt the game to reflect their needs and knowledge. Conclusion. This study indicates that participatory techniques such as the information mapping board game have the potential to engage hard to reach populations in the research process, to foster their agency, confidence, and capacities, and to inform actions at a local level.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInformation Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019


  • action research
  • information sharing
  • information mapping
  • asylum seekers
  • refugees
  • information seeking

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