Dr Allen Foster


Dr Allen Foster

Reader - DIS

Department of Information Studies

Contact Details


I have specialised in information management and information behaviour and my teaching and research reflects these areas, I enjoy research methods and helping to work out research problems and my PhD supervision is enjoyable as my students and I explore a range of related topics including cybersecurity, scholarly communication, knowledge management and aspects of ICT infrastructure, and behaviour.



Human Information Behaviour: Information Needs, Information Seeking and Searching Behaviour, Serendipity, Interdisciplinarity, Information Literacy and Information Skills, Knowledge Management, Technology and Communication, Mediated Communication, Information ProblemsResearch related activities: Joint Editor in Chief, Journal of Information Science Joint Regional Editor (Europe & UK), The Electronic Library: Member, Comite Cientifico, Revista Ciencias De La Documentation. Member, Editorial Board, Aslib Journal of Information Management.


Ellis, D, Foster, A & Shehata, AMK 2017, 'Changing styles of informal academic communication in the age of the Web: orthodox, moderate and heterodox responses' Journal of Documentation, vol. 73, no. 5, pp. 825-842. https://doi.org/10.1108/JD-06-2016-0083
Foster, A & Rafferty, P (eds) 2016, Managing Digital Cultural Objects: Analysis, discovery and retrieval. Facet Publishing, London.
Al-Wreikat, A, Rafferty, P & Foster, A 2015, 'Cross-language information seeking behaviour English Vs Arabic' Library Review, vol. 64, no. 6-7, pp. 446-467. https://doi.org/10.1108/LR-04-2015-0044
Mawby, J, Foster, A & Ellis, D 2015, 'Everyday life information seeking behaviour in relation to the environment: disposable information?' Library Review, vol. 64, no. 6-7, pp. 468-479. https://doi.org/10.1108/LR-10-2014-0120
Shehata, AMK, Ellis, D & Foster, A 2015, 'Scholarly communication trends in the digital age: Informal scholarly publishing and dissemination, a grounded theory approach' Electronic Library, vol. 33, no. 6, pp. 1150. https://doi.org/10.1108/EL-09-2014-0160
More publications on the Research Portal