Research Profile: Dr. Christine Hagar

Dr. Christine Hagar
Associate Professor

Statement of Research Interests & Experience

My primary research interest is in the areas of crisis informatics, a term I coined in 2006. Crisis informatics is an emerging field of inquiry which explores the inter-connectedness of information, people, and technologies in crises/disasters and examines the intersecting trajectories of social, technical and information perspectives in crises/disasters. My research focuses on information needs and information seeking in crises, disaster health information, and the roles for librarians and information professionals in crisis preparedness, response and recovery.

My research affiliations and collaborations include:
Affiliate, Disaster & Development Centre, Northumbria University, UK.

Associate member, European Sociological Association (ESA), Disaster, Conflict and Social Crisis Research Network (DCSCRN).

Crisis Informatics Advisor, “Public Libraries Advancing Community Engagement (PLACE): Environmental Literacy Through Climate Change Discussions” - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Mission-Related Education Grant.

I have co-chaired the Education and Training track at the Information Systems Crisis & Emergency Management (ISCRAM) annual conferences. I have co-chaired the DSCRN sessions at the European Sociological Association conference.


Possible PhD Thesis Topic Areas

  • Information needs and information seeking in crises/ disasters
  • Use of social media in crises/disasters
  • Co-ordination of information in crises/disasters
  • Information dissemination during pandemics
  • Role of libraries in crisis/disaster preparedness and recovery
  • Education and training programs in crisis/disaster information management

Representative Publications

  • Hagar, C., & Monsees, J. (2017). Digital volunteer Humanitarian Aid Organizations: The European Refugee Crisis (International Insights Column). College & Research Libraries News, 78(6), 300.
  • Hagar, C. (2015). Strengthening community resilience efforts in disasters: Exploring the roles of public libraries. Journal of Emergency Management, 13(3), 191-4. doi: 10.5055/jem.2015.0232
  • Hagar, C. (2015). Public library partnerships with local agencies to meet community disaster preparedness and response needs. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference of the Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management. Kristiansand, Norway, May 24-27.
  • Hagar, C. & Kartzinel, H. (2014). mHealthcare for all by 2015: Preliminary findings and future directions. Information Development published online 19 September 2014. doi: 10.1177/0266666914550493
  • Hagar, C. (2014). Crisis informatics. In Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology (3rd ed.) (pp.1350-1358). Hershey, PA: IGI-Global.
  • Hagar, C. (2014).  The US public library response to natural disasters: A “whole community approach.” World Libraries, 21(11) The journal issue is officially identified as vol. 21, no. 11, 2011.The actual publication date is December 19, 2014. Retrieved from
  • Hagar, C. (2013). Information vacuum. In Encyclopedia of crisis management. (Eds.). Penuel, K.B., Statler, M. & Hagen, R.  (pp. 527-529 ) New York: Sage.
  • Hagar, C. (Ed.) (2012). Crisis information management: Communication and technologies. Oxford, UK: Chandos Publishing.
  • Hagar, C. (2012). Information needs and seeking during the UK 2001 Foot-and-mouth disease crisis. In C. Hagar (Ed.) Crisis information management: Communication and technologies. Oxford, UK: Chandos Publishing.
  • Hagar, C. (2010). What can we learn from farmers' information needs and seeking during the UK foot-and-mouth disease crisis? Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 15 (4), 38-44.
  • Hagar, C. (2010). Whom do you trust? Information seeking during the U.K. foot and mouth crisis. Library & Archival Security, 23(1), 3-18.
  • Hagar, C. (2010). (Guest editor). Crisis informatics. Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. Special Issue June/ July 2010.
  • Hagar, C. (2009). Information in isolation: Gossip and rumor during the UK 2001 foot and mouth crisis – lessons learned. Libri, 59 (4), 228-237.
  • Hagar, C. (2009). Technology: the information and social needs of Cumbrian farmers during the UK 2001 FMD outbreak and the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) In B. Nerlich, & M. Doring (Eds.) The social and cultural impact of foot and mouth disease in the UK in 2001: Experiences and analyses (ESRC Science in Society Programme). Manchester, UK:  Manchester University Press. 

Professional Memberships & Related Matters

Member of the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIST) and the Integrated Disaster Risk Management Society (IDRiM).
Editorial Board, Journal of Geography and Natural Disasters.