Dr Sophie Rutter


I am currently working on the Lifting the Lid on Bacteria project that investigates whether through co-design ambient communication can improve hand hygiene in primary school toilets.

I obtained my PhD from the University of Sheffield in 2017.  My PhD (“activities and tasks: a case of search in the primary school information use environment”) considers what search technologies are used for in the primary classroom, how they are used and the context of use.  While at Sheffield University I also worked as a research associate on three research projects (Future of the Academic Library, Investigating Interlending, and Cultural Heritage in CLEF) and was also a visiting research intern at the University of Nottingham working on a Google funded Search Literacy project. My industry background is in communication design and human computer interaction. I worked as the web and communications manager at the Port of London Authority (2001 - 2006) and as a project manager at Futura Interactive (2000-2001), an interaction design agency.

Research interests

I am particularly interested in how the environment influences the way people interact with information. My research so far has been broadly focused on school children, search interfaces and health communication.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>