CityLIS Virtual Dissertation Collections. 4. Theory and philosophy

This is the fourth in an occasional series of posts in which we celebrate and publicise the excellent work done by CityLIS students in their dissertation projects. Each post will focus on a topic, and present a series of dissertations in that area. Earlier posts have covered dissertations dealing with art and artists, with history, and with science and healthcare.

While many CityLIS dissertations address questions of professional practice, and other practical matters, some investigate conceptual and theoretical issues. The dissertations listed here give a representative selection of these, showing the range of topics of this sort which CityLIS students have examined over the past decade. They cover a wide range: Floridi’s philosophy of information, document theory, ethical principles, critical theory, epistemology, the concept of information in different domains, and more.

The hyperlinked titles on the list give access to the full-text in the Humanities Commons: anyone interested in any of the others may obtain a copy from Lyn Robinson ( or David Bawden (

Dissertations: theory and philosophy

How to explain information to a dead hare: Floridi’s approach to information and its relevance to arts practice
Gordon McQueen (2018)

Neutrality and social responsibility as ethical values in librarianship
Louise Wallace (2017)

Has the Internet changed the way we think? the effect of the network on use behaviour?
Tom Pink (2016)

Chamomile – a document
Petr Vlcek (2015)

A library love triangle? An analysis of the relationship between data, information and knowledge in library and information studies (or, Pullman’s Dust: a new model for data, information and knowledge)
James Atkinson (2015)

Information and Physics: a match made in reality
Aqil Zahid (2015)

Is the information of reality the reality of information? A discussion pertaining to informational constructs of reality
Tyabba Siddiqui (2013)

Buildings as documents? Cities as information visualization? Reconceptualising urbanism as an instantiation of the information chain
Verity Allison (2013)

A critical foundation for information science
Alexandra Harris (2012)

An analysis of the relevance of social epistemology to the roles and practices of the library and information professional in the twenty-first century
Kate Williams (2010)

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