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.
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
) 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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PhD Project Involvement
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Investigating Student and Faculty Interaction in Online Learning in Saudi Higher Education.
Online reputation management in a digital world.
Lawson, A. (2017). Managing and evaluating personal reputations on the basis of information shared on social media: a Generation X perspective. Information Research, , (), .
Ryan, B. (2016). Digital engagement workshops for Community Councils and Registered Tenant Organisations. IIDI.
Cruickshank, P. (2016). The perceptions of postgraduate international students of examinations. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, In press, (), .
Cruickshank, P. (2016). Digital engagement workshop for Community Councils: Glasgow 2016 Report. IIDI.
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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.,
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.,
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.,
Ryan, B. (2014). A Study of Scottish Community Councils’ Online Communications (MSc Information Systems Development Dissertation). Edinburgh Napier University (Cruickshank, P.,
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Keywords: computer security
information and knowledge sharing
library and information science