Allen Foster
  • Aberystwyth University
    Llanbadarn Fawr

    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


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Research interests

Areas of interest include 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, Service development and User Experience modelling.  

With an interdisciplinary background and wide knowledge of research methods, modelling and theory I may be able to help with a project, a PhD, or other research endeavour.  Always happy to talk about ideas and help develop topics.



I am currently Reader in Information Science here at Aberystwyth University and I have expertise in the areas of information management and information behaviour and degrees in Social History, Information Management, along with Fellow Higher Education Academy, I have supervised research students with more than 20 students working on MPhil, PhD, DProf over the years and many more at Master’s level 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.  

My contributions to the university and academic life have spanned management and advisory functions and in no particular order include Senior Tutor, Investigative Officer, Chairing Degree Viva Voce Examinations, Head of Department, Director of Postgraduate Studies, PGR Coordinator, Deputy Dean of Social Science, Senate Member and Representative, Online Coordinator, Steering Groups memberships, External examiner roles for research and taught degrees at various universities.  

Other external activities in the academic, publishing and commercial environment include Joint Editor in Chief for the Journal of Information Science, Editorial Board Member for ASLIB: Journal of Information Management, has also included Editorial Board for The Electronic Library and also advisory boards such as the Chilean  Comite Cientifico, Revista Ciencias De La Documentation and research funding panels including AHRC as panellist and then as AHRC member of the Peer Review College, reviewer for HEA, and member of advisory groups and consultancy for libraries and associated committees, International and UK Conference Committee memberships and reviewing, and peer reviewer for a number of journals in the field of information science, information studies and associated areas.  


Teaching in a number of core areas across management and information subject areas including Information services planning, studies in management, information retrieval and information literacy and digital information literacy, knowledge and information architecture.


Coordinator for Postgraduate Research Student and Postgraduate Research Student Admissions 

Personal Tutor and Higher Degree Supervisor

Investigative Officer, Registry

Module Coordinator

Additional information

Office hours - in addition to my office hours I run term time virtual drop-in sessions on Teams as well, usually Teams will be on and receiving calls from 4pm to 5pm on Thursdays (Not week of 6th November).  

If the matter is urgent send me an email and we can arrange a suitable appointment either online or at the office. 


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


  • Z665 Library Science. Information Science
  • Information seeking
  • Information Behaviour
  • Modelling Behaviour
  • Cyber-Behaviour
  • Serendipity
  • Creativity
  • Qualitative research
  • Naturalistic inquiry
  • Cyber-security
  • Behavioural Modelling
  • scholarly communication
  • information retrieval


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