Stefan P. Hodson

Information School

PhD researcher

Stefan Hodson

Full contact details

Stefan P. Hodson
Information School
Regent Court (IS)
211 Portobello
S1 4DP

After graduating from the University of Central Lancashire in Economics, Stefan went on to complete Masters degrees in International Relations at Lancaster and Information Studies at Strathclyde Universities.

Having previously taught at both high school and undergraduate levels, he now holds a Sheffield Information School, departmental teaching scholarship and is working towards completing a PhD in the area of workplace information literacy.

Other vocational experience includes leadership roles at Barclays PLC and a number of exclusive hospitality locations, together with a period in Library and Research Services at the Scottish Government.

In his spare time, Stefan enjoys mountain and wilderness trekking, gold prospecting and supporting Blackburn Rovers Football Club.

PhD project

Title: "An investigation into the information practices of UK government ministers: using a practice theory lens for a secondary analysis of reflective interviews."

During a literature review of information literacy in the workplace, the topic of information interactions in the specific, specialist workplace of the UK’s ministerial government has been identified as under-researched.

It is contended that improved analysis of both the situations and the nature of the interactions taking place within them, can provide the insight to inform greater understanding of the phenomena.

The information landscape of the ministerial workplace will be investigated as an example of a unique setting where information interactions take place. This will be done via a novel analysis of secondary interview data, obtained and made available by the Institute for Government’s Ministers Reflect project (Institute of Government, 2019).

Steering away from, but complimenting, preceding case studies, phemomenograpic interpretation and ethnographic based enquiries, this exploration will situate information practices themselves as the central focus.

This will allow discovery and description of the practices that take place within this specialised workplace, how the practices are facilitated and importantly how they are experienced, contributing to the carrying out of ministerial duties.

It is proposed that utilising existing interview transcripts as the choice of data source will give access to an elusive and sensitive study situation and research subjects. There is also the possibility of demonstrating an efficient way of exploiting existing data by interrogating it for an additional purpose, in a way not undertaken previously.

The anticipated outcome is expected to be the production of a model which maps and explains the information practices with which government ministers are involved. This could be used in future to enhance or develop efficacy in ministerial information practice or support areas identified as problematic, possibly even informing ministers’ professional development.


Research interests

Primarily the practice of information literacy in various novel situations; Information behaviour; The definition and concept of information; Trust in information and information operations (IO)

Funding and awards

Departmetntal GTA Scholarship