Lauren Smith

Research Fellow

Personal Statement

Lauren Smith is a Research Associate in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences. Her research focuses on the intersections of information, agency and social justice.

In the areas of librarianship and education, her research explores the role of critical pedagogy in information literacy education, and issues of equitable access to information and education in sectors including school and public libraries. Recent research projects include exploring critical approaches to information literacy provision, identifying political information provision in schools, and investigating the impact of widening access interventions on enrolment in higher education.

In the field of information behaviour, her research focuses on the impact of information experiences and perceptions on people's agency. She is interested in the relevance of psychological theories around cognitive bias and prejudice to information behaviour theory. Recent research focuses include the role of news and the media on people's political perspectives, values and beliefs, and the influence of misinformation, and the chilling effect of government surveillance on authors' information seeking and sharing.

Research Interests

Her research focuses on the intersections of information, agency and social justice.

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    Research areas

  • critical pedagogy, democratic engagement, political agency, information literacy, phenomenography, qualitative research, social justice, critical thinking, public libraries, school libraries, information ethics, freedom of information, public services, bullying, homophobia, widening access, widening participation, equity, censorship, misinformation, post truth, information processing, media literacy
  1. Radical librarians collective gathering 2016, Brighton

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  2. Information literacy as a tool to support political participation

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

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Activities

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  1. Sensible or censorship? Gatekeeping, filtering and access to information in libraries

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

  2. Libraries for All? Libraries, social inequalities and activism in Scotland

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

  3. In Love With Libraries

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

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