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The road not taken: locating desire lines across information landscapes.

Burnett, Simon; Lloyd, Annemaree


Simon Burnett

Annemaree Lloyd


Introduction. - The concept of desire lines is defined, contextualised and explored within the area of information landscapes. The paper problematises the existence of desire lines in relation to research which has been conducted with various refugee groups. Method. - The concept of desire lines is expanded and linked to the library and information science field by drawing from the authors empirical research projects and from the scant literature from geography, urban planning and from a social theory. Conclusion. - The concept of desire lines contributes to the nascent research area of fractured information landscapes and offers a way of understanding how information landscapes are shaped when people are resettling into a new setting. While the work presented in an emerging conceptualisation, the authors also believe there is potential to conceptualise the rebuilding of landscapes as an occurrence within any transitionary environment (e.g. starting a job, moving to a new country, or transitioning from university to work).

Journal Article Type Conference Paper
Publication Date Dec 31, 2019
Journal Information research
Print ISSN 1368-1613
Publisher University of Borås, Information Research
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Issue 4
Article Number paper colis 1911
Institution Citation BURNETT, S. and LLOYD, A. 2019. The road not taken: locating desire lines across information landscapes. Information research [online], 24(4): supplement containing Proceedings of the 10th International conceptions of library and information science conference, 16-19 June 2019, Ljubljana, Slovenia, paper colis 1911. Available from:
Keywords Information landscapes; Desire lines; Research; Refugee; Library; Information science
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