Sylvie Davies
First Name: Sylvie
Surname: Davies
Position: Lecturer
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 263921

Duties and Responsibilities

Sylvie Davies is the Course Leader for the Graduate Certificate Information Studies and on this course, she teaches the Information Society module.

She also teaches the principles and techniques of Knowledge Organisation such as those applied in library classification, indexing, corporate taxonomies and thesaurus construction.

Her background is in languages with degrees in German and Mandarin Chinese, both obtained in Paris in the early 1970s. Following the completion of a Masters in Librarianship in 1997, she has worked as a researcher in the field of Information Management, Marketing Communication and, for a short while, in Tourism. She is currently a member of the UDC Editorial Board (Universal Decimal Classification).

Research Interests

She has developed a personal research agenda which enables her to draw upon a background in languages, information science and communication theories. A humanist perspective informs her research interests, which can be broadly grouped into the following topics:

  • Organisation of Knowledge across scientific cultures
  • Multilingual and multicultural thesauri
  • Evolution of Information and Communication Studies as academic disciplines in France and the United Kingdom
  • Issues of transdisciplinarity
  • Classification of languages

External / Professional Roles

Leader of a KTP project with Aberdeen Harbour Board towards the design of an Information Retrieval system

Secretary of ISKO UK (International Society for Knowledge Organization)



Marcella, R., Baxter, G. and DAVIES, S. (2004) The European Parliament: Customer Knowledge Study of the Parliamentary Documentation Centre. Aberdeen Business School, The Robert Gordon University.

Marcella, R. and DAVIES, S. (2002) The impact of the customer's language use on marketing success: an investigation of Scottish exporters' practices and foreign importers' attitudes to language strategies. Report of a SCOTLANG seed project. Scottish CILT

DAVIES, S., Williams, D. and Marcella, R. (1999) Attitudes towards languages in the food and drink industry in North East Scotland. Aberdeen: The Robert Gordon University.

Refereed articles

Martin, A. and DAVIES, S., 2006. An evaluation of the language skills in Scottish hotels. Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Education, 5(1), pp.4-14.

Nash, R., Thyne, M. and DAVIES, S., 2006. An investigation into customer satisfaction levels in the budget accommodation sector in Scotland: a case study of backpacker tourists and the Scottish Hostels Association. Tourism Management, 27, pp.525-532.

Thyne, M., DAVIES, S. and Nash, R., 2004. 'A segmentation analysis of the backpacker market in Scotland: A case study of the Scottish Youth Hostel Association', Journal of Quality Assurance in Hospitality and Tourism, 5, (2/3/4) pp.95-120.

Marcella, R. and DAVIES, S., 2004. The use of customer language in international marketing communication in the Scottish Food and Drink industry. European Journal of Marketing, 38(11/12), pp.1382-1395.

Marcella, R., DAVIES, S. and Williams, D., 2002. The language strategies of Scottish exporters in the food and drink sector. Journal of Small Business Development and Enterprise, 9(4), pp.358-369.

Jorna, K. and DAVIES, S., 2002. Cross-lingual subject access: a distant dream? New Review of Librarianship Research, pp.36-48.

Jorna, K. and DAVIES, S., 2001. Multilingual thesauri for the modern world - no ideal solution? Journal of Documentation, 57(2), pp.284-295.

Conroy, G., DAVIES, S. and Parker, S., 2000. The European Information needs of secondary school teachers in Scotland: recent developments in the provision of information and colleges. Aslib Proceedings, 52(7), pp.254-262.

DAVIES, S. and Johnson, I.M., 1998. The Mitterrand Library in Context: the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and library provision in France. Libri, 48(4) pp.187-211.

Marcella, R., Baxter, G., Parker, S. and DAVIES, S., 1997. The pattern of provision of European information in France and the United Kingdom: a comparative study of services. Library Management, 18(5), pp.243-252.

Conference Papers

DAVIES, S., 2007 Mediating knowledge across the activities of Information Science. In: Interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity in the organization of scientific knowledge. Actas del VIII Congresso ISKO-Espana.

Thyne, M. and DAVIES, S. (Dec 2004) Does the Backpacker still exist? New Zealand Tourism and Hospitality Research Conference 2004, Tourism Research: Advances and Applications, 8-10 December 2004, Wellington, New Zealand.

Martin, A. and DAVIES, S. (2004) Language skills in Scottish hotels. Tourism State of The Art II, June 27-30, Glasgow, Scotland.

Thyne, M., Nash, R. and DAVIES, S. (June 2004) Backpacker' – An Obsolete Term? A Comparison Between Clientele Of Scottish Youth Hostel Association Hostels And Independent Hostels. Tourism State of The Art II, June 27-30, Glasgow, Scotland.

Thyne, M., Nash, R. and DAVIES, S. (December 2003) A segmentation analysis of the Backpacker market in Scotland: A case study of Scottish Youth Hostel Association. Taking Tourism to the Limits, Dec. 8-11 2003, Hamilton, New Zealand.

DAVIES, S. (2002) Valuing language in cross-cultural business research. SCOTLANG conference hosted by Scottish CILT, Stirling University, 20-21 June 2002 (conference proceedings in print)

DAVIES, S., Marcella, R. (2000) The impact of customer language use on marketing success: an investigation of Scottish exporters' practice and foreign importers' attitudes to language strategies. In: Small Firms: adding the spark. Proceedings of the 23rd ISBA National Small Firms Policy and Research Conference, held at The Robert Gordon University, 15-17 November 2000, pp. 715-731.

DAVIES, S. Halsall, R. (1998) Is cross-cultural capability value-free? in: Languages for Cross-Cultural Capability, proceedings of a conference held at Leeds Metropolitan University, 12-14 December 1998. pp 162-171.