Doctoral researchers

Thinking of doing a PhD?

If you're interested in joining a dynamic community of talented researchers from around the world to explore research questions that matter, we would like to hear from you.

Discover the topics we're interested in supervising PhD study in below.

Our research topics

Within the Information Management academic group we are especially keen to receive PhD research proposals in the following areas:

  • Artificial Intelligence – applications (eg different industry sectors, social use cases) through to novel perspectives on ethics, including the cross-cultural
  • New Humanism – critique and design in digital culture, counter-balancing forces (eg wellbeing), decentralization and disintermediation, open data
  • Analytics and Decision – sentiment analysis, decision support, smart contracts and Decentralized Autonomous Organisation.

Doctoral students join a lively and supportive community of research students, becoming an integral part of the School’s research culture. We welcome approaches from suitably qualified graduates, particularly those with a relevant master's degree and sufficient funding who may wish to undertake research projects in the specialist areas of the group, leading to a PhD. As a research student, you will be encouraged to attend conferences to present your work and develop joint publications with your supervisors.

The group has great supervisory experience and is keen to supervise high quality research students in members’ specialist research fields. Recognition of the quality of supervision offered by Group members has resulted in funding for doctoral students from research councils.

Please feel free to browse our group member web pages to identify a potential supervisor(s), develop your research proposal, share this with the identified supervisor(s) and confirm they are willing to be named in support of your application. You are encouraged to ask for feedback from them to develop your research proposal. Then you should be ready to formally apply.

Recent graduates

  • Xuetong Chen (2020) Detection of Mental Health and Mood Disorders from social media; Dr Martin Sykora, Dr Suzanne Elayan, Prof Tom Jackson
  • Lukas Stepanek (2020) Role of social media in domestication of enhancement drug use among student communities; Dr Suzanne Elayan, Dr Martin Sykora 
  • Marzieh Talebpour (2020) Ontology Search and Reuse driven by Community Metrics; Dr Martin Sykora, Professor Tom Jackson
  • Fahham Qaiser (2020) Analytics Decision Support System for Sustainable Logistics; Dr Alok Choudhary, Dr Martin Sykora
  • David Johnson (2019) A multiphase mixed methods analysis of UK e-commerce privacy policies; Prof Louise Cooke and Prof Adrienne Muir (AED)
  • Rui Zhao (2019) The effects of institutional factors on trust and knowledge sharing in supply chain collaboration; Dr Alok Choudhary and Prof Louise Cooke
  • Alicia Parkes (2019) The Adoption Of Agile Working Practices in Software Development; Dr Crispin Coombs and Prof Guy Fitzgerald
  • Stefanie Hills (2019) Persuasive language and theoretical model of its use on social media; Dr Martin Sykora, Professor Tom Jackson.
  • Samuel Ibenne (2018) Knowledge production and the information management; Dr Boyka Simeonova, Dr Janet Harrison.
  • Anthony Quinn (2018) An Analysis of Vehicle Crime Repeat Victimisation in Leicestershire: What Impact do Contextual Influences have on Spatiotemporal Patterns of Offending? Dr Louise Nicholas (SSH), Prof Louise Cooke. Dr Mark Monaghan (SSH)
  • Josh Morton (2017) Legitimation through openness: Managing organisational legitimacy through practices of open strategy in a pluralistic context; Dr Alex Wilson and Prof Louise Cooke
  • Abrar Alenzi (2017) The influence of wasta on knowledge sharing in the public sector in Kuwait; Prof Louise Cooke and Dr Andrew Rothwell
  • Abdullah Fhaid A Altowayan (2017) The applicability of TAM3 in an educational context in Saudi Arabia; Prof Mark Hepworth, Prof Louise Cooke, Dr Jonathan Seaton
  • Omar Aldhaheri (2016) Factors Influencing the Information Privacy in Abu Dhabi; Prof Mark Hepworth and Prof Louise Cooke
  • Dave Gerrard (2016) Social media analytics and sentiment analysis in museums and art galleries, Dr Martin Sykora, Professor Tom Jackson.
  • Khalid Al-Rawahi (2016) The Public Value of e-Government in Non-Democratic Societies; Dr Crispin Coombs, Prof. MN Ravishankar, Prof. NF Doherty
  • Philipp Grunewald (2015) Knowledge facilitation and brokerage in the international development sector; Prof Louise Cooke, Prof Mark Hepworth
  • Kayode Odusanya (2015) Assessing Individual Benefits Realization Capability: an IT Culture Perspective; Dr Crispin Coombs, Dr. Lazaros Goutas, Prof NF Doherty
  • Junior Onojeharho (2015) Knowledge Technologies, Process and Cultures: Improving Information and Knowledge Sharing at the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA); Prof Tom Jackson and Prof Louise Cooke
  • Hao-Fan Chumg (2015) Investigation of Factors that Affect the Willingness of Individuals to Share Knowledge in the Virtual Organisation of Taiwanese Non-Governmental Organisations; Prof Louise Cooke and Dr Jonathan Seaton.
  • Chinenye Ogunde (2015) The Autonomy-Control Duality in Mobile Information Technology Projects; Dr Crispin Coombs and Prof Donald Hislop
  • Ashley Cairns (2015) A multi-agency intelligence sharing hub to combat anti-social behaviour; Prof Tom Jackson and Prof Louise Cooke
  • Usman Aslam (2014) Benefits Realization For IS/IT Investments – A Perspective From ERP Systems; Dr Crispin Coombs and Prof NF Doherty
  • Tessa Lambri (2014) An evaluation of benefits realisation of the Police National Database; Prof Tom Jackson and Prof Louise Cooke