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.
To explore the outcomes of 2012 to 2015 Graduate Employability Project, within a theoretical framework focused on identity theory.
PhD Project Involvement
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Easier, faster, better? Evaluating to what extent social media facilitates tacit knowledge sharing practices between employees within organisations belonging to the public sector.
Participation Space Studies: a socio-technical exploration of activist and community groups? use of online and offline spaces to support their work. Participation Space Studies explore eParticipation in the day-to-day activities of local, citizen-led groups, working to improve their communities. The focus is the relationship between activities...
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, , (), .
Smith, C. (2016). Non-public eParticipation in Social Media Spaces. In: (Ed.) Proceedings of SMSociety '16, , () ( ed.). (pp. ). : . ACM.
Caddell, M. (2015). Can pay, should pay? Exploring employer and student perceptions of paid and unpaid placements. Active learning in Higher Education, , (), .
Smith, C. (2015, June). Supporting student transitions to placement: developing a new self-identity. Paper presented at QAA Enhancement Themes, Glasgow.
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