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We investigate how to understand, model, enhance and enable the contextual connections between information, people and their environment.

Understanding these connections will help improve how people and enterprises share, comprehend, use and interact with information.


Academics in our discipline teach across a broad spectrum of topics, including:

  • business intelligence
  • databases
  • emerging technologies
  • information management
  • information systems consulting
  • library and information practice
  • project management
  • social technologies.


Our research focus areas and their practical applications include:

Human data science

Human data science is about understanding a broad spectrum of enterprise systems from the perspectives of organisations, users and communities. It uses:

  • Abductive, inductive and interpretivist qualitative research methods to understand how people process, interact with and experience information.
  • Information experience design to holistically integrate people, information, context and system.

Foundations of information science

This research theme encompasses two main areas of focus:

Human information interaction: We look at formal and computational models of human information behaviour such as:

  • information seeking
  • interaction and sharing
  • cognitive information processing
  • decision making
  • reasoning with or about information.

Research systems: This is a strategic information systems (IS) programme of research that seeks insights into how best to research contemporary IS phenomena.


Towards engineering behavioural research design systems

Project leader

Professor Guy Gable



Project summary

Behavioural research is a significant component of the annual spend in Australia on research and development. It is contended that 'best practice' behavioural research methods can be more systematised, transparent and visible to facilitate more complex, integrated and holistic research designs and more cumulative and comparable results. This would enable increased rigor, higher productivity and lower risk than have generally been the experience historically.

This project proposes the formal conceptualisation and modelling of behavioural science research methods, by adapting them to the research design, the well understood concepts, tools and techniques of information systems design.

Australian migrants and information literacy: a qualitative study

Project leaders


Project summary

This project will provide an evidence-based information literacy framework that can be used by government agencies and other community groups to develop information services and programs to meet the needs of migrant Australians. It will help empower Australian migrants to make informed choices to enable them to participate and contribute further to Australia's social, economic and cultural life.

This project is funded by the Australian Research Council in partnership with QUT, University of Southern Queensland and MultiLink Community Services.

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We host an expert team of researchers and teaching staff, including Head of School and discipline leaders. Our discipline brings together a diverse team of experts who deliver world-class education and achieve breakthroughs in research.

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