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Information Seeking Behaviour is concerned with how (and why) people engage and interact with information, and associated information seeking processes.

We are particularly interested in the information seeking behaviour of marginalised groups, and of young people; how they engage with information, the challenges and issues experienced, and the design implications for future interactive information systems and services.

Current research projects are investigating online decision-making, and the manifestation of information poverty online. Current research students are investigating topics such as refugee information seeking behaviour and social inclusion, health information seeking of black and ethnic minority groups, adolescent information seeking behaviour and academic attainment, and the manifestation of child information poverty. Further recent studies include the impact of homelessness on access to the informational mainstream, the use of search engines in times of grieving and bereavement, and escaping information poverty through Internet Newsgroups.

Contact: Dr Steven Buchanan