Dr Colin F Smith

Senior Lecturer

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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

Memberships held:

  • Member of Permanent Study Group 1: E-Government in Public Administration (European Group for Public Administration)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

External duties:

  • 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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    Recent Projects

    e-Placement Scotland
    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.
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    PhD Project Involvement

    Alicja Pawluczuk (PhD 2016-)
    Youth digital culture co-creation. Measuring the social impact in Scotland.
    Iris Buunk (PhD 2014-)
    Easier, faster, better? Evaluating to what extent social media facilitates tacit knowledge sharing practices between employees within organisations belonging to the public sector.
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    Recent Publications

    Smith, S., Smith, C., Taylor-Smith, E., Fotheringham, J. (2017). In search of graduate employability: An exploration of student identity. Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education, 18, (1), 15–24.

    Smith, S., Smith, C., Taylor-Smith, E., Fotheringham, J. (2017). Towards graduate employment: exploring student identity through a university-wide employability project. Journal of Further and Higher Education, , (), .

    Taylor-Smith, E., Smith, S., 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.

    Ramirez, N., Smith, S., Smith, C., Berg, T., Strubel, B., Main, J., 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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