Dr Diane Pennington

Senior Lecturer

Computer and Information Sciences

Personal statement

I am a Senior Lecturer in Information Science and the Course Director for the MSc/PGDip in Information and Library Studies in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences.

My research areas include non-text information indexing and retrieval, qualitative methods for visual information, Emotional Information Retrieval (EmIR), information organisation, user behaviours on social media, and online health information preferences.

You can view my full CV at https://personal.cis.strath.ac.uk/diane.pennington/. 


Twitter use by the dementia community during Covid-19 : a user classification and social network analysis
Alhayan Fatimah, Pennington Diane, Ayouni Sarra
Online Information Review (2022)
Twitter users' sentiments toward mask wearing
Chang Miaomiao, Pennington Diane
12th International Conference on Social Media & Society (2022)
Information overload : a concept analysis
Belabbes Mohamed Amine, Ruthven Ian, Moshfeghi Yashar, Pennington Diane
Journal of Documentation (2022)
YouTube as a helpful and dangerous information source for deliberate self-harming behaviours
Alhassan Muhammad Abubakar, Pennington Diane
iConference 2022 (2022)
"She seems more human" : understanding Twitter users' credibility assessments of dementia-related information
Alhayan Fatimah, Pennington Diane, Ruthven Ian
iConference 2022 (2022)
Self-harm : Detection and support on Twitter
Alhassan Muhammad Abubakar, Inuwa-Dutse Isa, Shehu Bello Bello, Pennington Diane
European Conference on Social Media (2021)

More publications


I teach Organisation of Knowledge as well as Library Technology & Systems for our MSc/PGDip in Information and Library Studies. I also supervise MSc and PhD research projects. 

Prior to arriving at the University of Strathclyde, I taught classes in research methods and statistics, online searching, systems analysis, social media for libraries, database design, web usability, web development, metadata, indexing/abstracting, and cataloguing/classification. 

Research interests

  • Non-text information indexing and retrieval
  • Information organisation
  • Emotional Information Retrieval (EmIR)
  • Information engagement
  • Online health information preferences


Professional activities

Evidence Based Library and Information Practice
Developing and applying theoretical frameworks to your research
How can we best design online mental health resources?
Social media in the classroom
From sentiment analysis to choreography of emotions: Social media analysis for improved customer relationship management (CRM) in Omani telecom sector
Navigating Social Systems: Information Behaviour in Refugee Integration

More professional activities


Finding solutions to advance digital health for addressing unmet needs in relation to self-harming
Pennington, Diane (Principal Investigator)
02-Jan-2018 - 01-Jan-2018
Shifting paradigms for dementia: Involving people living with dementia across research, policy and practice
Gibson, Grant (Principal Investigator) Pennington, Diane (Co-investigator)
Funded by the Scottish Universities Insight Institute Programmes of Knowledge Exchange (£17,502.50)
01-Jan-2017 - 28-Jan-2018

More projects


Computer and Information Sciences
Livingstone Tower

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