School of Business and Economics


Sharon Wagg

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Doctoral Researcher in Information Management

Sharon Wagg is a PhD student in the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University in the Centre of Information Management. Joining on a full time studentship in April 2017, Sharon was awarded the Mark Hepworth studentship set up in memory of the Loughborough Professor. 

Sharon holds a Masters degree in Librarianship from the University of Sheffield and a BSC in Economics and Geography from University College London. Her dissertation, a case study on information literacy outreach between universities and schools was published in the Journal of Information Literacy.

Her doctoral research focuses on digital inclusion in rural communities within the UK, and is supervised by Professor Louise Cooke and Dr Boyka Simeonova. Their chapter on Digital Inclusion and Women’s Health and Well-Being in Rural Communities was recently published in the The Oxford Handbook of Digital Technology and Society.

Research Interest:

  • Digital Inclusion & social change
  • Mobile internet adoption & skills
  • International Development
  • Information Literacy
  • Qualitative Research Methods

Research Plan:

Sharon’s research seeks to explore the experiences of people living in rural communities, who have received support from digital inclusion initiatives; the role and responsibilities of digital inclusion intermediaries and actors; considerations for information literacy for digital skills training; and tensions and contradictions within digital inclusion practice.


Thesis Topic:

An exploration of digital inclusion in rural communities and considerations for information literacy. A UK perspective.