Peter Cruickshank


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I have a background in business, accountancy, IS Audit and information governance generally. I retain an active interest and deliver courses and lectures in these and related areas, and work with IIDI partners to develop and exploit social media tools and other technologies.

My main area of research is adoption of and learning how to use internet technologies for participation in democratic processes, particularly at the hyperlocal level. I teach in the area of information security, being particularly interested in the underpinning cultural and organisational factors. What both areas have in common is conceptions of identity, and models of information behaviour.

I am currently leading research into the use of internet technologies by Community Councils in Scotland from a variety of knowledge management and learning perspectives.

I have been a lead researcher in several eparticipation projects (e.g. EuroPetition and eRepresentative) focusing on the links between citizens and their elected representatives. I was also a member of the team that conducted market research for the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) in the project Training provision for the library, information and knowledge sector. Previously I had been part of the tems of the RiLIES Projects looking at the barriers to impact of research on library and information science practitioners.

I am on the Program Committee of the following conferences:
  • IFIP International Conference on Electronic Democracy, EDem
  • Conference for E-democracy, E-participation and E-voting, CeDem
  • SocInfo, co-organized by IIASA (the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis)
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  • Cyber-Security
    Electronic information now plays a vital role in almost every aspect of our daily lives. So the need for a secure and trustworthy online infrastructure is more important than ever. without it, not only the growth of the internet but our personal interactions and the economy itself could be at risk.
  • eGovernment
  • Information Science
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    PhD Project Involvement

    Oluwaseun Bamgboye (PhD 2016-)
    A semantic approach for smart city data integration towards improved data quality.
    Frances Ryan (PhD 2013-)
    Reputation management in a digital world: the role of online information in the management and evaluation of personal reputations.
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    Supervised dissertations

    McMorran, H. (2015). Information Security governance and the adoption of Best Practice Frameworks in the Social Housing Sector (MSc Strategic ICT Leadership). Edinburgh Napier University (Cruickshank, P., Smith, S.).

    Padfield, C. (2015). Issues of IT Governance and Information Security from an SME & Social Enterprise Perspective (MSc Strategic ICT Leadership Dissertation). Edinburgh Napier University (Cruickshank, P., Benyon, D.).

    McDougall, M. (2014). An Investigation of the Theory of Disruptive Innovation: Does the Cryptocurrency Bitcoin Have the Potential to be a Disruptive Innovation Relative to an Existing Market? (MSc Business Information Technology Dissertation). Edinburgh Napier University (Smith, C., Cruickshank, P.).

    Ryan, B. (2014). A Study of Scottish Community Councils’ Online Communications (MSc Information Systems Development Dissertation). Edinburgh Napier University (Cruickshank, P., Smith, C.).

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