Peter Cruickshank


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Peter Cruickshank has a background in business, accountancy, IS Audit and information governance generally. He retains an active interest and delivers courses and lectures in these and related areas, and works with IIDI partners to develop and exploit social media tools and other technologies.

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

He 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 he had been part of the tems of the RiLIES Projects looking at the barriers to impact of research on library and information science practitioners.

He has been a lead researcher in several eparticipation projects (e.g. EuroPetition and eRepresentative) focusing on the links between citizens and their elected representatives.

Peter is on the Program Committee of the following conferences:
  • 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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    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

    Frances Ryan (PhD 2013-)
    Online reputation management in a digital world.
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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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