Colin's research examines the relationships between new information and
communication technologies (ICTs), strategic innovation and organisational change,
particularly in the contexts of e-government and e-democracy. He is a member of the Centre for Social Informatics.
Core areas of interest include:
- Evaluation of the contribution of the Internet to the role
played by political parties in contemporary democratic practices
- Assessment of digital delivery platforms for public services
- Exploration of the implications of new web-based technologies for parliamentarians
- Member of Permanent Study Group 1: E-Government in Public Administration (European Group for Public Administration)
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Reviews Editor of 'Information Polity'
- Colin was one of the UK's two nominated representatives on the 'ICTs and Mediating Organisations' working group of the EU COST A14 action 'Government and Democracy in the Information Age'
- Colin has carried out commission research projects on behalf of local authorities in England, and the devolved Scottish administration
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The project aims to create 1500 paid placement opportunities for computing students studying in any Scottish university or college over the 5 year project. We are also researching student, graduate and employer perspectives on work placements.
This study investigates the impacts of student placements from the perspectives of computing graduates, in Scotland. The aim is to gather graduate perspectives on: the impact of work experience on people’s work and working life since graduation;the placement process, with hindsight;the...
To explore the outcomes of 2012 to 2015 Graduate Employability Project, within a theoretical framework focused on identity theory.
Exploring the emotional resonance of digital photos, shared via social media posts, in the context of local democracy. Specifically, the study focuses on reactions to knitted and crocheted banners which have appeared within several place-based campaigns in Edinburgh.
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Youth digital culture co-creation. Measuring the social impact in Scotland.
Easier, faster, better? Evaluating to what extent social media facilitates tacit knowledge sharing practices between employees within organisations belonging to the public sector.
Fotheringham, J. (2017). In search of graduate employability: An exploration of student identity. Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education, 18, (1), 15–24.
Fotheringham, J. (2017). Towards graduate employment: exploring student identity through a university-wide employability project. Journal of Further and Higher Education, (forthcoming), (), .
Smith, C. (2017, ). Placement or practicalities? Barriers and disincentives to work experience, as reported by computing students. Paper presented at Society for Research into Higher Education Annual Conference, Newport, Wales.
Ohland, M. (2016). From Interest to Decision: A Comparative Exploration of Student Attitudes and Pathways to Co-op Programs in the United States and the United Kingdom. International Journal of Engineering Education, , (), .
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