Dr Steven Buchanan


Computer and Information Sciences

Personal statement

Reader, Information Behaviour Research Group Leader, 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 National Health Service Education 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.


Meaningful digital health interventions : bridging digital divides via tailored design
Buchanan Steven, Jardine Cara, Ruthven Ian
8th Annual Innovation in Healthcare Delivery Systems 2017 Symposium, (2017)
Health information behaviours : insights informing health literacy interventions and practices
Buchanan Steven
Making it Easy, (2016)
The information behaviours of disadvantaged and disengaged adolescents
Buchanan Steven, Tuckerman Lauren
Journal of Documentation Vol 72, pp. 527-548, (2016)
Reaching the disadvantaged and disengaged in times of crisis : towards an understanding of information behaviours to inform interventions.
Buchanan Steven, Loudon Katherine Jane, Tuckerman Lauren
International Federation Library Associations World Library Information Congress (IFLA WLIC 2015), pp. 1-11, (2015)
"First-time mother syndrome"? First-time mothers' information practices and their relationships with healthcare professionals
Buchanan Steven, Loudon Katherine Jane
i3 Information Interactions and Impact, (2015)
The everyday life information seeking behaviours of first-time mothers
Loudon Katherine, Buchanan Steven, Ruthven Ian
Journal of Documentation Vol 72, (2015)

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Professional activities

Carnegie UK Trust #NotWithoutMe@the BBC
University of Texas Austin iSchool iForum Series Invited Speaker
Invited speaker
2nd Annual Scottish Library and Information Council Digital and Information Literacy Symposium
Keynote/plenary speaker
National Health Service Scotland Knowledge into Action (K2A) Expert Webex
National Health Service Scotland Health Literacy Conference
Glasgow Life (External organisation)

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Scottish ESRC Doctoral Training Centre DTG 2011 | Loudon, Katherine Jane
Buchanan, Steven (Principal Investigator) Ruthven, Ian (Co-investigator) Loudon, Katherine Jane (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2013 - 01-Oct-2016
Scottish ESRC Doctoral Training Centre DTG 2011 | Breslin Davda, Frances Mary
Buchanan, Steven (Principal Investigator) Ruthven, Ian (Co-investigator) Breslin Davda, Frances Mary (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2013 - 01-Jan-2018
Buchanan, Steven (Principal Investigator) McMenemy, David (Co-investigator) Mycock, Jane Victoria (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Apr-2012 - 02-Jun-2016
Doctoral Training Grant 2010 | Foster, Catherine
Buchanan, Steven (Principal Investigator) McMenemy, David (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2011 - 01-Jun-2016
The Role of Public Libraries in Glasgow Communities in the 21st Century
Buchanan, Steven (Principal Investigator)
This studentship will investigate the public library (PL) role in supporting, empowering, enriching and connecting individuals, groups, and communities in the cultural context. The studentship will bring together theories and models of information behaviour with theories of cultural capital to better understand the PL role in developing the cultural competencies of individuals, and stimulating community engagement and cultural citizenship.
Period 01-Oct-2015 - 30-Sep-2018
Understanding the Information Needs of Visually Impaired Young People
Buchanan, Steven (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2013 - 30-Sep-2016

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Computer and Information Sciences
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