This research investigates areas of community, (hyper)local democracy, connections, and knowledge. The current focus is Scottish Community Councils, though international contexts and comparisons are also of interest.
Currently, the team is working on the LIL-DEM project. This project’s full title is Longitudinal information literacy for democratic engagement. Running from February to May 2017, it aims to answer three research questions using an online survey:
- Does information literacy underpin community councillors’ work?
This will be investigated by assessing how far community councillors ‘climb’ the SCONUL information literacy pillars.
- What life-roles and other factors affect community councillors’ development of information literacy?
This will be investigated using questions based on a model developed from the IL-DEM project‘s literature review and responses to its interviews and small-scale survey.
- Can a model of information literacy and lifelong learning be validated?
This will be investigated using questions around the development of information literacy. The lifelong learning aspect will be investigated by asking questions about information gathering in last six months along with questions about age and formal education.