Emily Nunn

Information School

PhD researcher


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Emily Nunn
Information School
Regent Court (IS)
211 Portobello
S1 4DP

I studied for my MA in Librarianship at the Information School in 2012/13, after working as a graduate library trainee at the Bodleian Law Library, University of Oxford.

My MA dissertation investigating the addition of lay summaries to medical journal articles was the starting point for a wider investigation into the impact of open access publishing outside academia.

I am part of the Digital Societies Research Group, and co-convene the Information School Critical Theory Reading Group.

I teach on postgraduate modules within the school, including Data and Society and Digital Advocacy, and have worked as an Editorial Assistant for the journal Online Information Review.

PhD project

Title: "Open access outside academia: exploring access to medical and educational research for non-academics."

My research aims to investigate the potential impact of open access publishing outside of academia (focussing on the fields of medicine and education).

The study will analyse the experiences and perspectives of a range of key stakeholders, identify barriers and challenges to providing access to research to a wider audience, and ask critical questions of what we mean by both ‘open’ and ‘access’.

The project is funded by the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities.


Research interests

  • Open access
  • Scholarly publishing
  • Critical information studies
  • Data ethics
  • Grounded theory

Funding and awards

Henry Heaney Memorial Prize for best MA dissertation on the subject of academic librarianship, November 2013.


Journal articles


  • Webber SA, Andrews P, Chapman E, Elmore J, Grace D & Nunn E (2018) Reflections on Running a critLIS Reading Group In Nicholson KP & Seale M (Ed.), The Politics of Theory and the Practice of Critical Librarianship (pp. 167-179). Sacramento: Library Juice Press. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download