Information Environments (i.e) propose to be at the forefront of research about and for the information industry. 'Information Environments' are defined as any physical or virtual spaces where information is generated, received and experienced. Information Environments is particularly interested in spaces which are populated by communities such as those found in common areas of urban spaces, museums, the Internet and learning environments, where the exchange of ideas, concepts and knowledge is communicated. Information Environments also interrogates the postmodern orthodoxy that all information is propoganda.

Working under the main thematic areas of History/Community/Technology and focussing on the emerging research field of Information Environments; i.e functions as a catalyst for facilitating critical practice-led engagement into what is meant by information and environments in its past, present and future contexts.

Information Environment's research interrogates the dynamic relationship between the spatial form and information and identities, generates and documents solutions for the above. 
i.e acts as a catalyst for effective change for how we engage and enter into dialogues within information environments.

i.e provides a forum for critical debate in this emerging area bringing together academic researchers, industry partners, policy makers and the public. This is achieved primarily through designated research projects but also in regular series of unit workshops, public lectures, publications and exhibitions. In addition, i.e's archive holds a range of visual and oral documentation recording the methodological processes under-taken by Information Environment's researchers in order to preserve and promote innovative models of art and design research specific to the field of Information Environments.