Dr Sophie Rutter

Lecturer in Information Management

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


Sophie Rutter


+44 (0)114 222 2659

Regent Court 234

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