The Information practices research group brings together c. 20 of the department’s researchers and doctoral students with a research interest in information-related activities in different contexts. This research area has traditionally often been called user studies and concerns both research and development work. In focus are studies of individuals’ and groups’ interactions with information and documents. Such interactions include information seeking, information use, reading, strategic information management, and collaboration in various settings, such as private and public sector organisations, educational and research settings, and different domains of everyday life.
We also take an interest in the role of information practices in social structures and in structures of power. Much of our work is concerned with how information is understood, searched for, shared, and used in various situations that involve learning, both formal and informal learning. Learning is viewed as a constantly ongoing activity in people’s interactions with society and with each other. Of particular interest to the group is the development of digital media and how the use of digital media change the conditions for information practices in various situations.
Our research is often, but not exclusively, based in qualitative research data and aims to produce results that are both theoretically interesting and practically applicable. Issues that are researched include information literacies, information seeking and learning, workplace-related information, reading and reading practices, and social media and new technologies for collaboration and communication. A few examples of research questions are:
- How do children’s and young adults’ information literacies develop and how can information literacies be studied?
- How do reading practices in various groups change over time?
- How are new technologies, such as social media, used in businesses to manage information and communication in the daily work activities?
- How do users relate critically to data visualisations (e.g. GIS, geographical information systems) as information resources?
Group members (excl. doctoral students)
- Katriina Byström, professor
- Mats Dolatkhah, senior lecturer
- Helena Francke, associate professor
- Cecilia Gärdén, senior lecturer
- Amanda Glimstedt, lecturer
- Frances Hultgren, senior lecturer
- Monika Johansson. lecturer
- Veronica Johansson, senior lecturer
- Louise Limberg, senior professor
- Jenny Lindberg, senior lecturer
- Anna Hampson Lundh, senior lecturer
- Osama Mansour, senior lecturer
- Hanna Maurin Söderholm, senior lecturer
- Karen Nowé Hedvall, senior lecturer
- Nasrine Olson, senior lecturer
Current research projects
See doctoral students above
Newly finished dissertation projects
- Monica Lassi, Facilitating collaboration: exploring a socio-technical approach to the design of a collaboratory for Library and Information Science, 2014
- Ola Pilerot, Design researchers' information sharing: the enactment of a discipline, 2014
- Hanna Maurin Söderholm, Emergency visualized: exploring visual technology for paramedic-physician collaboration in emergency care, 2013
- Veronica Johansson, A time and place for everything? : social visualisation tools and critical literacies, 2012
- Esther Ebole Isah, Physicians’ information practices: a case study of a medical team at a teaching hospital, 2012
- Mats Dolatkhah, Det läsande barnet: minnen av läspraktiker, 1900–1940, 2011
- Anna Lundh, Doing research in primary school: information activities in project-based learning, 2011
Projects involving collaboration between research and practice
Networks for research and development
Newly finished projects