Studentships for MPhil/PhD Research at #citylis

City University London is currently offering 2 studentships within the School of Maths, Computer Science and Engineering, for which applications from library & information science researchers would be welcome.

Please get in touch with us if you are thinking of undertaking a PhD within the fields of library & information science. Below are some current suggestions we have for areas which interest us, but we are always happy to discuss your own ideas.

Although each suggested title is associated with a named supervisor, we have overlapping research interests, so by all means contact any one of us for an initial chat:,,


Supervisor: David Bawden

Title: Theories of Information

Philosophical and conceptual analyses of the idea of information: particular interest in the relations between information as understood in the physical and biological sciences and as understood by library and information science.

Supervisor: David Bawden

Title: Information behavior

Studies of the information behaviour of individuals and groups; particular interest in individual differences in information behaviour, through personality and similar factors, and in the idea of information styles. Also of the concept of digital literacy, and its promotion.

Supervisor: David Bawden

Title: Browsing and creativity

Studies of informal information seeking, serendipitous information, browsing, and use of information systems and services for supporting creativity and innovation.


Supervisor: Lyn Robinson

Title: Information Resources

Information resources are at the heart of library and information science, but developments in scholarly communication and advances in technology are challenging our traditional definition of the document. As innovations such as pervasive networking and multisensory technology encourage augmented and virtual reality, and we witness the convergence of texts with games, theatre and films, we need to update our understanding of the nature of resources, not only in science, medicine and engineering, but also in humanities, fashion, media music and marketing.

Doctoral studies in this arena, could inform libraries, archives, museums and galleries with regard to collections and service provision, and also provide us with a better understanding of information literacy for the 21st century.

Supervisor: Lyn Robinson

Title: Human Information Behaviour

As technology advances, new forms of documents are emerging. Multisensory and pervasive computing have promoted interaction to the level of participation, where readers or users no longer face separation from narrative content, and they are able to become immersed in an unreal world. The line between the realms of books, video games, theatre and films are converging, and we need to understand the subsequent impact on human information behavior. Coupled to the advances in technology is humankind’s willingness to engage with virtual or augmented worlds and we need to redefine the literacies needed to support evolving information behaviours.

There are implications for librarianship, information management, journalism, scholarship, teaching, training, marketing, and entertainment. Doctoral research in this area could address one or more of these areas.

Supervisor: Lyn Robinson

Title: Information History

Documents and collections underpin the existence of civilized society. Doctoral study has much light to shed on the development of informational objects within specific subject or geographical areas, and their subsequent impact on knowledge and understanding.

Research within this area would inform information communication within a subject area of interest.


Supervisor: Ernesto Priego

Title: Comics Studies and Library and Information Science

Studies of how comics scholarship and/or creative and publishing practices interact with the topics covered by the disciplines of Library and Information Science; representation of libraries, librarians and/or information management and knowledge organisation in comics; challenges and opportunities of production, dissemination, and engagement with comics in the digital age; comics collections and use in galleries, libraries and museums.

Supervisor: Ernesto Priego

Title: Open Access

Studies on the historical development and adoption of open access publishing, including open access national mandates and institutional policies; open access in the context of other forms of scholarly communication in the digital age such as social media and mechanisms to measure and understand its impact (for example altmetrics); open access, open data and research data management.



About lyn

Dr Lyn Robinson is Reader in Library & Information Science, and Head of Department at City, University of London. She established and directs the Library School, and co-directs the Centre for Information Science alongside Prof David Bawden. Contact:
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