Dr Sophie Rutter

BA (SOAS, London), MSc (Sheffield), PhD (Sheffield)

Information School

Lecturer in Information Management

Sophie Rutter
Sophie Rutter

+44 114 222 2659

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Dr Sophie Rutter
Information School
Regent Court (IS)
211 Portobello
S1 4DP

After completing a degree in Art and Archaeology at SOAS, University of London, I worked in industry for several years as an online publication coordinator for Donovan Data Systems (1993-1999), a project manager for Futura Interactive (2000-2001), and as the web and communications manager for the Port of London Authority (2001 - 2006). I returned to study for an MSc in Information Management at the University of Sheffield, and then stayed on for a PhD on children’s information seeking.

During my PhD I worked on three research projects at Sheffield (Future of the Academic Library, Investigating Interlending, and Cultural Heritage in CLEF) and was also a visiting research intern for a search literacy project at the University of Nottingham. In 2018, I moved to the University of Leeds as a research fellow in communication design working on a co-design project with children (Lifting the Lid on Bacteria). I joined the Information School at Sheffield as a Lecturer in 2019.

University Responsibilities

  • Deputy Research Ethics Coordinator
  • Research seminar organiser
  • Module Coordinator INF6060 Information Retrieval: Search Engines and Digital Libraries
Research interests

I am interested in how environment influences the way people interact with, and use, information. My research so far has been broadly focused on school children, information seeking and health communication.

More specifically I have examined how the primary school environment influences how children and teachers use search technologies and search for information. I have also worked with primary school children to co-design handwashing communication. Recently I have been working on a project that examines the effectiveness of different types of images in communicating information about handwashing.


Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • Rutter S, Blinzler V, Ye C, Twidale MB & Wilson ML (2017) Complex search task: How to make a phone safe for a child. CEUR Workshop Proceedings, Vol. 1798 (pp 34-36) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rutter S (2014) Primary school children's single topic search over multiple search sessions. Proceedings of the 5th Information Interaction in Context Symposium on - IIiX '14, 26 August 2014 - 30 August 2014. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hall M, Villa R, Rutter SA, Bell D, Clough P & Toms E (2013) Shefleld submission to the CHiC interactive task: Exploring digital cultural heritage. CEUR Workshop Proceedings, Vol. 1179 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Villa R, Clough P, Hall M & Rutter S (2013) Search or browse? Casual information access to a cultural heritage collection. CEUR Workshop Proceedings, Vol. 1033 (pp 19-22) RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching activities

I have taught on the Information and Knowledge Management, Information Retrieval, HCI and Research Methods modules.

Professional activities

Editorial board membership

  • Pakistan Journal of Information Management & Libraries

Journal and conference reviewing

  • Library and Information Research
  • CHI (Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems)
  • Online Information Review
  • Journal of Information Management
  • iFutures
  • Pakistan Journal of Information Management & Libraries