Professor Steven Buchanan

Professor in Comms., Media and Culture

Communications, Media and Culture Division of Communications, Media and Culture School of Arts & Humanities University of Stirling Stirling FK9 4JA

Professor Steven Buchanan

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About me

About me

Professor of Human Information Behaviour within the Division of Communications, Media and Culture, University of Stirling. Previously Head of Human Information Behaviour research within the University of Strathclyde iSchool.

Research

My human information behaviour research examines how and why people seek information (or not), and effective channels and sources of information, and influencing factors. I explore complex access and internalised behavioural factors, the former influenced by technology and literacy issues, the latter by social structures and norms. My work provides insight into what information to provide, to whom, and how. Much of my work addresses the enduring limitations of mass communication strategies, informing targeted interventions both physical and digital (and interplays between) in the socio-ecological context. Much recent work has examined information behaviours within marginalised and/or disadvantaged groups, and has been funded by ESRC and AHRC.

Indicative recent work includes a three-year ESRC funded project working with young first-time mothers from areas of multiple deprivations. The work has provided theoretical and practical insight into the complexity of young mothers' information needs, their information behaviours, and the various factors influencing behaviours. Further recent studies include work with Muslim women, unemployed adolescents, maximum security prisoners, and community health and social care workers in areas of multiple deprivations.

My research has significant practical application and impact, informing both policy and practice. I have variously advised the Scottish Government and National Health Service on matters of effective health communication and education for disadvantaged groups. Recent work defining the important role of health and social care professionals as human information intermediaries has been adopted by the Scottish Government as a key action in their national Health Literacy Action Plan 2017-25.

Outputs (42)

Outputs

Conference Proceeding

Buchanan S & Husain Z (2022) Digital Participation, Surveillance, and Agency: Insights into the Role of Digital Literacy to Manage Risk. In: Kurbanoğlu S, Špiranec S, Ünal Y, Boustany J & Kos D (eds.) Information Literacy in a Post-Truth Era. Communications in Computer and Information Science, 1533. 7th European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL 2021), Bamberg, Germany, 20.09.2021-23.09.2021. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, pp. 719-729. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-99885-1_59

Book Chapter

Canning C & Buchanan S (2021) Exploring the rehabilitative cultural role of the prison library: addressing sensitive information needs via cultural activities.. In: Garner J (ed.) Exploring the roles and practices of libraries in prisons: International Perspectives. Advances in Librarianship, 49. Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. pp. 11-37. https://books.emeraldinsight.com/page/detail/Exploring-the-Roles-and-Practices-of-Libraries-in-Prisons/?k=9781800438613

Conference Proceeding

Mcmenemy D & Buchanan S (2019) Character building in childrens’ online information behaviours: applying a virtue epistemology perspective to information literacy.. In: Kurbanoğlu S, Špiranec S, Ünal Y, Boustany J, Huotari M, Grassian E, Mizrachi D & Roy L (eds.) Information Literacy in Everyday Life. Communications in Computer and Information Science, 989. ECIL 2018: 6th European Conference on Information Literacy, Oulu, Finland, 24.09.2018-27.09.2018. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Verlag, pp. 73-82. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-13472-3_7

Conference Proceeding

Buchanan S & Nicol E (2019) Developing Health Information Literacy in Disadvantaged and Dependent Circumstances: The Everyday Role of Family Nurses. In: Kurbanoğlu S, Špiranec S, Ünal Y, Boustany J, Huotari M, Grassian E, Mizrachi D & Roy L (eds.) Information Literacy in Everyday Life. Communications in Computer and Information Science, 989. ECIL 2018: 6th European Conference on Information Literacy, Oulu, Finland, 24.09.2018-27.09.2018. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, pp. 124-135. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-13472-3_12

Conference Proceeding

Buchanan S, Jardine C & Ruthven I (2018) Developing Information Literacy in Dependent and Disadvantaged Circumstances: A Transitional Approach in the Digital Health Context. In: Kurbanoğlu S, Boustany J, Špiranec S, Grassian E, Mizrachi D & Roy L (eds.) Information Literacy in the Workplace. Communications in Computer and Information Science, 810. ECIL 2017: 5th European Conference on Information Literacy, Saint-Malo, France, 18.09.2017-21.09.2017. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Verlag, pp. 409-418. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-74334-9_43

Keynote

Buchanan S (2017) The Information Behaviours of Young Mothers. 2nd Bridging Theory and Practice in Information Science (BTAP-IS 2017), Scottish Universities Insight Institute, Glasgow UK, 16.11.2017.

Conference Paper (unpublished)

Buchanan S (2017) Meaningful Digital Health Interventions: Bridging Digital Divides via Tailored Design. 8th Annual Innovation in Healthcare Delivery Systems 2017 Symposium, Austin, TX, 06.04.2017-07.04.2017. https://www.mccombs.utexas.edu/~/media/Files/MSB/Centers/HealthcareInitiativeResponsive/2017%20Symposium/2017%20Abstracts/Buchanan_Meaningful%20Digital%20Health%20Interventions.pdf

Conference Paper (unpublished)

Buchanan S (2016) Health Information Seeking Behaviours. National Health Service Education Scotland Health Literacy Conference, Edinburgh, UK, 26.10.2016.

Conference Paper (unpublished)

Buchanan S & McMenemy D (2011) Collaboration in the Digital Domain. Internet Librarian International Conference, London, UK, 26.10.2011-28.10.2011.

Conference Proceeding

Buchanan S & McMenemy D (2010) Towards a Public Library Digital Service Taxonomy. In: .), Lecture Notes in Computer Science 6273: Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries, 6723. 14th European Conference Digital Libraries (ECDL 2010), Glasgow, UK, 06.09.2010-10.09.2010. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 425-428. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-15464-5_48

Conference Paper (unpublished)

Buchanan S & McMenemy D (2009) Evaluating digital library usefulness. Internet Librarian International Conference (ILI 2009), London, UK, 15.10.2009-16.10.2009.

Teaching

Teaching

I currently teach the following postgraduate classes:

MMAPP17 Human Information Behaviour: provides theoretical and practical understanding of how and why people seek and/or receive information (or not), and the factors influencing information behaviours both physical and digital. Explores complex access and internalised behavioural factors, the former influenced by issues of technology and media and information literacies, the latter by sociocultural and psychological factors.

PREPP 84 Health Communication: provides theoretical and practical understanding of the variable factors to take into account when seeking to develop effective health communication campaigns, including design of tailored campaigns for specific topics and/or targeted population groups. Explores socioecological factors influencing health communication at macro and micro levels, including issues of low population health literacy.

CMCPP15 Advanced Topics in Communication: provides critical understanding of the principle theories, concepts and principles of effective communication, including persuasive communication.

MMAPP12 Mass Media Research Methods: provides critical understanding of philosophy, ethics, and practices of social research in the context of media and communication studies; and practical understanding of associated research methodologies, tools and techniques.