Lauren Smith

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Angela Davis
Job title
Information Specialist

I am a Information Specialist working on the development of the Iriss Evidence Search and Summary Service, and joined the Iriss team in autumn 2017.

I am a qualified library and information professional with experience of supporting a range of sectors, including public, school, academic, and health and related research. I am strongly committed to the work of the information profession, particularly supporting people to make informed decisions in their study, work and life through reflective practice. My PhD, completed in 2016, focused on information experiences in the context of political engagement. I have been involved in social research in several areas, including: information use and evaluation, agency and social justice; equitable access to education; the impact of surveillance on individuals and society; hate speech and social media; and LGBTQ* bullying. I am particularly interested in the role of knowledge exchange and public engagement in getting knowledge into practice, and questions around the negotiation of the authority of evidence, knowledge and information in interdisciplinary contexts.