Ian Ruthven

Professor

Personal Statement

I am a Professor of Information Seeking and Retrieval in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences.

I work in the area of information seeking and retrieval; understanding how (and why) people search for information and how electronic systems might help them search more successfully. This brings in a wide range of research including theoretical research on the design and modelling of information access systems, empirical research on interfaces and user interaction and research on the methodology of evaluating information access systems.

Recent research has included interface design research to help children search for information, information seeking studies on information poverty within marginalised groups and studies on how people use online information to create a sense of happiness.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • information seeking theory
  • interface design for information access
  • user studies

Teaching Interests

  • information retrieval
  • information seeking
  • qualitative and quantitative research methods
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Publications

(104)
  1. Users' relevance criteria for video in leisure contexts

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Investigating the information gaps in refugee integration

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  3. Meaningful digital health interventions: bridging digital divides via tailored design

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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Activities

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  1. Information Seeking in Context Conference Series (External organisation)

    Activity: MembershipMembership of committee

  2. ISIC : The Information Behaviour Conference

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventKey-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences

  3. SIGIR

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganiser of major conference

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Impact

(2)
  1. Understanding the Information Needs of Young First Time Mothers from Areas of Multiple Deprivation

    Impact: Impact - for External PortalHealth and welfare - new products, guidelines and services, Professional practice, training and standards

  2. Improved user experience of the Europeana Digital Library through user-centred evaluations

    Impact: Impact - for External PortalCulture and creativity, Public understanding, information and debate

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Projects

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  1. Scottish ESRC Doctoral Training Centre DTG 2011 | Breslin Davda, Frances Mary

    Project: Research Studentship - Internally AllocatedResearch Studentship (Internally Allocated)

  2. Scottish ESRC Doctoral Training Centre DTG 2011 | Loudon, Katherine Jane

    Project: Research Studentship - Internally AllocatedResearch Studentship (Internally Allocated)

  3. EPSRC Doctoral Training Grant | Harvey, Morgan Alexander

    Project: Research Studentship - Internally AllocatedResearch Studentship (Internally Allocated)

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Prizes

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  1. Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

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