Strathclyde iSchool Research GroupPhD study

We have a large and internationally diverse PhD group with an ongoing programme of research activity and events to foster collaborative networks of support and knowledge exchange. 

Current and recent PhD projects include:

  • The manifestation of child information poverty
  • The information behaviours of mothers in Nigeria
  • Exploratory search interfaces
  • Information seeking in personally profound situations
  • Health information needs of older adults
  • Walking back to happiness: recording, sharing and well-being on pilgrimage routes
  • Assessing ethical risks in information systems
  • Digital preservation and curation practices at the Saudi National Center for Archives and Records
  • Virtual communities of practice supporting knowledge sharing and technology acceptance among elderly visitors at religious pilgrimage sites

Strathclyde iSchool Research Group

Our PhD students are all active members of the Strathclyde iSchool Research Group, attending weekly group meetings with research presentations that bring all iSchool staff and students together; and via our memberships of both the AHRC Information Science Doctoral Scheme Consortium and the Scottish Informatics & Computer Science Alliance, our students also have access to a wide range of external research seminars and workshops. 

Wider research community

Sarah Albassam, a PhD student, holds a certificate for the 'best doctoral presentation award'

We actively encourage and support our students to participate in the wider research community and have a long track record of PhD presentations at prestigious international conferences. Recent prestigious awards and presentations by our PhD students include:


Our PhD students also have an outstanding track record of publications in the leading information science journals, including:

  • Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
  • Library and Information Science Research
  • Journal of Documentation
  • Information Processing and Management
  • International Journal of Information Management


As a long established information school, we also provide our PhD students with access to our postgraduate curriculum to take introductory and advanced classes supporting PhD study, and our PhD students are also automatically enrolled in the University Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development, designed to support students with their research and to develop and certify (award of PG Cert RPD) professional skills for future employability, including:

  • the knowledge and intellectual abilities to conduct research
  • the personal qualities to succeed in research and other professional careers
  • the standards, requirements and conduct of a professional researcher in information science
  • working with others and communicating the impact of research to a wide range of audiences

More information

Find out more about postgraduate study here at Strathclyde.

Get in touch

For further information and general enquiries, please contact Professor Ian Ruthven.

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