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Strathclyde iSchool Reseach Group About us

Our research group researches into information systems and behaviours. In pursuit of a literate and informed society, much of our work is with external groups. We investigate human information need and use, and we're informing future interactive information system design.

Our work is theoretically underpinned by internationally recognised expertise in: 

We bridge theory and practice, working collaboratively with a number of partners including:
  • the National Health Service Scotland
  • Glasgow City Libraries
  • Barnardo’s Scotland
  • BAE systems

We have a large and internationally diverse PhD group and are members of the AHRC Information Science Doctoral Scheme Consortium and the Scottish Informatics & Computer Science Alliance.

Current activities

2019 ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction & Retrieval

We're hosting the 2019 ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction & Retrieval. It's the premier forum for the dissemination and discussion of research on user-centered aspects of information interaction and information retrieval, including human involvement in search activities, information seeking and use in context, and the design of interactive systems.

Major UK ESRC funded study

Leading a major UK ESRC funded study investigating information behaviours of young first-time mothers from areas of multiple deprivations, that promises to significantly advance our understanding of information poverty, and assist service providers with evidence-based intervention amongst marginalised, disadvantaged and stigmatised groups.

Work with us

We welcome collaborative research enquiries from industry, academia, and the third sector. If you have any questions or queries please get in touch with our research group leader Professor Ian Ruthven.