Dr Bruce Ryan

Research Associate

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Dr Bruce Ryan is a Researcher within the Centre for Social Informatics. Following completion of his PhD, he spent 15 years in educational publishing before returning to study for an MSc in Information Systems Development at Edinburgh Napier University.

While undertaking his Masters studies, and following successful completion of the course in early 2014, Bruce has worked as a Research Associate on a number of research projects within the Centre for Social Informatics, mainly focused on the use of technology for democratic engagement. He has also been involved in library and information science research, notably the CILIP/ARA Workforce Mapping Project, completed in 2015.

Bruce's main research and personal interests coalesce around the use of ICT in hyperlocal government, centering on Scottish Community Councils. Facets of these interests include the actual technologies that are, could and should be used; how elected hyperlocal representatives learn them; whether, and if so, how Communities of Practice form around such matters; how hyperlocal governments develop and learn in general.

 
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    Recent Projects

    Information Literacy for Democratic Engagement (IL-DEM)
    The findings of this research will contribute to strategies to improve citizen engagement in the democratic process at community level. Its main aims are: 1. To evaluate how Community Councillors (1) access and understand information on their duties and rights; (2) keep up to date with local...
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    PhD Project Involvement

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    Recent Publications

    Cruickshank, P., Ryan, B. (2016). Digital engagement workshops for Community Councils and Registered Tenant Organisations. IIDI.

    Ryan, B., Cruickshank, P. (2016). Digital engagement workshop for Community Councils: Glasgow 2016 Report. IIDI.

    Cruickshank, P., Ryan, B. (2015). The Communities of Practice model for understanding digital engagement by hyperlocal elected representatives. In: Tambouris, E., Janssen, M., Wimmer, M. (Eds.) Electronic Government and Electronic Participation, 22, () ( ed.). (pp. 11-18). : . IOS Press.

    Cruickshank, P., Ryan, B., Smith, C. (2014). 'Hyperlocal e-democracy'? The experience of Scotland's Community Councils. In: Parycek, P., Edelmann, N. (Eds.) CeDEM14 Proceedings, , () (2014 ed.). (pp. 73-84). Krems, Austria: . Edition Donau-Universit├Ąt Krems.

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