The More Things Change
: Understanding Conflict in the Information Environment Through Information Ecology

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


This research explores how the information environment can be studied similarly to the physical environment. The information environment is an intricate system of inputs, outputs, conditions, and processes, yet understanding how it works as a system is lacking. To understand how these elements interact as a system, we can adopt methods and approaches used in physical ecology, observing, and measuring conditions and disturbances within the information environment similarly to the physical environment. This research uses five case studies to develop and demonstrate the basis for information ecology, the study of information environments and the relation of entities to each other and their respective information ecosystems. Information ecology provides a means for studying the information environment that moves beyond looking only at the activities and messaging used by entities to influence their information ecosystem and analysing the system itself. Studying the overarching system and the entities within it provides the holistic approach required to develop strategy for operating within the information environment.
Date of Award1 Apr 2023
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • King's College London
SupervisorOfer Fridman (Supervisor) & David Betz (Supervisor)

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