Dr Sally Sanger

BA (Cambridge), MA (Bristol), MA (Sheffield), MSc (Sheffield), PhD (Sheffield)

Information School

Research Associate


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Dr Sally Sanger
Information School
Room 324
Regent Court (IS)
211 Portobello
S1 4DP

I started my career as a team librarian at Leicester City Council Reference Library. I then established and ran the Leicestershire Health Information Network (LHIN) at the Leicestershire Health Promotion Agency. LHIN was an umbrella body for consumer health information (CHI) services in the area, which provided them with advice, help and support and fostered joint working, collaboration and the avoidance of duplication. After ten years I moved to Melton, Rutland and Harborough PCT where I worked as a Clinical Governance Facilitator supporting GP practices and community services in the PCT to maintain and improve the quality of their services. I left this to move to Macmillan Cancer Support where I was an Information and Support Services Advisor, responsible for helping to develop and support cancer information services within a large area (North London, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Essex).  In 2009 I was seconded for 1.5 years to the Essex Cancer Network (ECN) where I managed the local piloting of the National Cancer Patient Information Delivery System (later Information Prescriptions). I then became the Macmillan Cancer Network Patient Information Manager at ECN, supporting, co-ordinating and developing cancer information provision there until the closure of the cancer networks at the end of 2012. 

Since obtaining my PhD I have worked as a Research Associate at the University of Sheffield Information School on two projects: one concerned with data collection around hand hygiene in offices, and the other on the use of the Breast Cancer Now online discussion forums during COVID-19. I am currently a Research Associate with ‘The Elicitation of Cybersecurity Narratives: Bricoleur Story Completion, Decision Making and Security Design’ project which is a Digital Security By Design (DSbD) project funded by the ESRC.

Research interests

I am particularly interested in online support groups, including how they are used and the impacts that they have on users. I am also interested in the Positive Sobriety movement and problem drinking; and on behaviour change and decision making, including in relation to health.


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