Dr Lee Pretlove

BA (Exeter), MA (Exeter), PhD (Sheffield), PGDip (Dundee)

Information School

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow

Lee Pretlove
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Dr Lee Pretlove
Information School
Room C600
The Wave
2 Whitham Road
S10 2AH

My academic background is in Classical Studies and Classics and Ancient History which I studied before working in the information management and archives sectors. With over fifteen years’ work experience and a postgraduate qualification from the University of Dundee’s Centre for Archive and Information Studies, I have worked at Cambridge University Library in their Special Collections as a Systems Archivist and in Digital Services as a Polonsky Fellow in Digital Preservation as part of a two year collaborative project with Bodleian Libraries, Oxford. Prior to work in digital cultural heritage, I worked in records management and information governance in the commercial engineering research and development sector, specialising in corporate quality management systems and information law compliance such as data protection (GDPR).

I joined the Information School at Sheffield in 2018 as an AHRC-funded doctoral researcher. I was awarded my PhD in 2022 on runners' ongoing relationship between wearable technology data and their embodied information experience through a socio-materialist, posthuman lens. In 2022 I was a University Teaching Associate and for the 2023/4 academic year I will consolidate and develop my doctoral research with an ESRC WRDTP Postdoctoral Fellowship. I have been appointed as a Lecturer in Librarianship/Information Management which will begin after the completion of my fellowship in 2024.

I have taught on postgraduate programmes for the Information School’s MSc in Data Science, MSc in Information Management, MA in Librarianship, and the undergraduate BA in Digital Media and Society programme delivered with Sociological Studies.

My professional background and my research informs my teaching practice. My practice has a strong focus on student-centred learning and employability by drawing on my work experience in information management, compliance and digital archives. My extended reality (XR) research methods are applied to digital education and learning technologies as a way of providing an alternative, self-paced student learning experience about workplace environments to complement field visits.

Research interests

My research is in the area of information experience and practice using a socio-materialist, posthuman approach. I am particularly interested in researching the effects of relationships between information technology, humans and information environments, especially natural and regulatory environments.

Under the mentorship of Dr Jo Bates, my ESRC funded postdoctoral research examines the reasons why some people do not use self-tracking devices when they run and the effects of the self-tracking data on people who do. The research aims to develop safe data practices amongst runners using self-tracking devices to help them avoid negative mental health that can be caused by self-tracking devices.


Journal articles


  • Birdi B, Cox A, Pretlove L & Willett P (2022) Research In Bowman JH (Ed.), British librarianship and information work 2016-2020 (pp. 242-255). London. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Halvarsson E, Mason S, Pretlove LJ, Gerrard D, Langley S & Mooney J (2019) Could collaborative research between two major libraries help consolidate digital preservation and break the “project cycle”? In Myntti J & Zoom J (Ed.), Digital preservation in libraries: preparing for a sustainable future (pp. 241-262). Chicago: American Library Association. RIS download Bibtex download

Book reviews

Conference proceedings papers

Theses / Dissertations

  • Pretlove L (2022) iRun: a situational, neo-assemblage perspective of information and records in running.. RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

I am a member of the Information School’s Digital Societies Research Group and Health Informatics Research Group.

Teaching interests

I have taught on the MSc Data Science, MA Librarianship and MSc Information Management programmes and the BA Digital Media and Society programme where I have brought both professional and research experience into module learning.

I am interested in using extended reality (XR) experiences for learning about archive, records management and special collections workplaces. In collaboration with practitioners, I develop augmented reality (AR) resources for student learning using the WondaVR educational platform. 

I have an interest in teaching high risk research ethics with a particular focus on participant’s information rights, particularly on information privacy and participant agreement to allow the open sharing of qualitative research data collected about them.

Teaching activities

During my fellowship year, I will be undertaking guest lectures for INF6025 Information Governance and Ethics and INF6180 Libraries, Information and Society.

I have been a member of the following module teams for teaching and assessment activity:

  • INF109 - Digital Media and Society
  • INF6033 - Data and Society
  • INF6840 - Archives and Records Management
  • INF6025 - Information Governance and Ethics
  • INF6011 - Information Systems Modelling
  • INF6000 - Dissertation (high risk ethics workshop)

I have supervised Information School postgraduate students for:

  • INF6034 - Research Methods and Proposal
  • INF6000 - Dissertation 

I have supervised undergraduate students in Sociological Studies for:

  • SCS3001 - Dissertation in Sociology
  • SCS3044 - Dissertation in Digital Media and Society
Professional activities and memberships
  • Peer reviewer for Archival Science (2020 - )
  • Member of ASIS&T
  • Member of the University of Sheffield’s Participatory Research Network (PRN@TUoS)