research students

I am always pleased to hear from potential research students, so if you are thinking about studying for your doctorate (PhD) in Library & Information Science do drop me a line, ( Please take a moment to read through my research page, and check over my interests and publications, so that you can be sure I am the right person for you to work with.

I am especially interested in information ethics, information behaviour, new technologies as they relate to LIS, and issues relating to documents, especially digital, temporal, participative or immersive documents, and their handling within the information communication chain (documentation).

When you write, please include something about your background (CV), and attach as full a proposal as possible including: your potential research questions, brief literature review, likely scope of the study, the methods you might use and anything you have already written or published in the area. You should be able to demonstrate prior interest and engagement with your chosen research topic, and you should have a relevant, active, professional or research blog.

We can help you develop your proposal but the initial ideas should be yours.

Please say how you will finance your studies. If you do not already have a grant, full-time study is for three/four years, and you will need to support yourself living within striking distance of London for that time, in addition to paying tuition fees. Full-time study requires engagement for at least 40 hours per week.

For UK residents, we offer a part-time study mode, for up to 7 years, which allows for students to undertake paid work at the same time as studying. If you are contemplating the part-time study route, it is helpful if you have support from your employer, at least in respect of the time committment required, if not financially. Part-time study requires engagement for at least 20 hours per week.

*** The Department of Library & Information Science sits within the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering, and at the current time, there are five doctoral scholarships on offer, for the whole School. We are inviting applicants interested in Understanding Information to contact us. (Deadline May 19th 2017). ***

Once we have agreed a working research proposal, your next step will be to apply formally to the University.

All members of CityLIS are encouraged to maintain a professional, online profile, and to engage with reflective/scholarly blogging for research development and dissemination. If you are accepted on our research programme, you will also be expected to promote the work and reputation of our Department via social media and networking events, and to share your research regularly through a variety of publication formats. You will also be asked to contribute to Departmental activities such as open events, meetings and seminars, where appropriate.

CityLIS has a thriving community of current research students, a highly successful rate of completion, and strong publication record. We welcome applications from researchers and practictioners with a demonstrable interest in digital culture, scholarship, innovation and creativity within LIS and related fields. We are especially keen to hear from anyone interested in interdisciplinary work.

Here is a list of my current research students and alumni:


Zaki Abbas:”Information seeking behaviours of law students using smartphones to access library resources”

Ohoud Alabdali: “Development of information society in Saudi Arabia”

Jerald Cavanagh: “Are Erasmus + Capacity Building projects effective and can their success and impact be measured?”

Ana Cristina De Lion: “The epistemology of cool: human information behaviour in coolhunting”

Paul Pedley: “Protecting the privacy of library users”

Ludi Price: “Serious Leisure: Information behaviour in fan communities”

Ian Rodwell: “Liminal stories: a comparative exploration of how storytelling is used to make sense of liminal states in two contrasting, high performance environments”

Chris Serbutt: “The Changing Place Of Information. An examination and evaluation of how context affects the information conveyed by objects”

Rupert Williams: “Museum Pieces? The role of national museum libraries in the digital age” (2nd supervisor at UCL)


Jutta Haider: Open access and closed discourses: constructing open access as a ‘development issue’ 2008

David Haynes: Risk, Regulation and Access to Personal Data 2015

Deborah Lee: Modelling Music Classification: a theoretical approach to the classification of notated, Western, art music

Charlie Mayor: The classification of gene products in the molecular biology domain: realism, objectivity and the limitations of the Gene Ontology 2012

Elizabeth Poirier: Slow information in theory and practice: a qualitative exploration into the implications of a Slow perspective of human information behaviour 2012

Andrew Robson: Models of communication for pharmaceutical information 2013

Katharine Schopflin: The nature of the encyclopaedia as a book and information source 2013

Sandra Tury: Information behavior of distance learning students 2014

Toni Weller: Information in nineteenth century England: Exploring contemporary socio-cultural perceptions and understandings 2008