Dr Allen Foster


Dr Allen Foster

Reader - DIS

Department of Information Studies

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Specialising in the areas of information management and information behaviour.  Over the years I  have supervised research students (MPhil, PhD, DProf) in a variety of related areas with aspects of information, communication access, behaviour and technology,  serendipity, institutional repositories, technological adoption, health and justice systems and knowledge management.  External activities include Joint Editor in Chief for the Journal of Information Science and have included research panels, advisory groups and consultancy, and external examiner roles for research and taught degrees.


Module Coordinator

Teaching in a number of areas including Information Retrieval, Information Services, Information Literacy.


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 Problems.  Research and publishing roles include editor for journals, reviewer, panel member, member of scientific committees, author, and research lead.  I am currently working on developing theoretical and applied research in industrial and commercial enterprise.



Coordinator for Postgraduate Research Student and Postgraduate Research Student Admissions 



Foster, A, Bishop, JE & Goode, MMH 2022, The Role of Ecological Cognition for Supporting Webometrics: Towards “Serendipity Engineering for Seductive Hypermedia” and “User Analysis Using Socialnomics”. in R Pettinger, BB Gupta, A Roja & D Cozmiuc (eds), Handbook of Research on Digital Transformation Management and Tools. 1 edn, vol. A volume in the Advances in Logistics, Operations, and Management Science (ALOMS) , IGI Global, Hershey PA, USA 17033, pp. 117-143. 10.4018/978-1-7998-9764-4.ch006
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. 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. 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. 10.1108/LR-10-2014-0120
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