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.  




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.


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


Coordinator for Postgraduate Research Student and Postgraduate Research Student Admissions 


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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