Steven Buchanan


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.


    Research areas

  • Information seeking behaviour, Information systems analysis, information management
  1. Meaningful digital health interventions: bridging digital divides via tailored design

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

  2. The information behaviours of disadvantaged and disengaged adolescents

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  1. University of Texas Austin iSchool iForum Series Invited Speaker

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

  2. Carnegie UK Trust #NotWithoutMe@the BBC

    Activity: OtherTypes of Business and Community - Participation in workshop/networks with non-academic organisation

  3. Economic and Social Research Council (External organisation)

    Activity: MembershipMembership of committee

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  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. A framework for the holistic analysis of organisational information systems

    Impact: Impact - for External PortalProfessional practice, training and standards, Education, Economic and commerce

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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 | Mycock, Jane Victoria

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

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Steven Buchanan

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