Peter Cruickshank
Peter Cruickshank

Dr Peter Cruickshank

Associate Professor

Biography

Peter's main research area is information practices associated with engagement with digital systems. In particular, he has an active interest in issues around information literacy, and identity and trust in using online systems.

Peter has a background in information security and governance. He retains an active interest and delivers courses and lectures in these and related areas, including privacy and data protection. He works with partners to evaluate, develop and exploit information systems.

In the past, he has acted as leader of the Social Informatics research group within the Applied Informatics Subject Group (2019 and 2021-22) and as Head of International for the School of Computing (2021-22), with responsibility for supporting the development and promotion of transnational education links to universities around the world. He remains actively involved with both areas.

Peter has led a number of projects into the use of internet technologies by Community Councils in Scotland from a variety of information practice, knowledge management and learning perspectives.

He has carried out other research in library and information science, as a member of the team that conducted market research to training provision for information professionals, and barriers to impact of research on library and information science practitioners.

Peter has been a lead researcher in several e-participation projects (including EuroPetition and eRepresentative) focusing on the links between citizens and their elected representatives. He is on the Program Committee of several related conferences.

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Conference Organising Activity

  • Committee member - CeDEM/EGOV – International conference on e-participation.
  • Committe member - EGOVIS: International Conference on Electronic Government
  • Peter Cruickshank on SocInfo 2011 Programme Committee
  • Centre for Social Informatics hosts Open Knowledge Foundation meet-up
  • On programme committe of International Conference on Social Informatics, SocInfo 2010
  • Peter Cruickshank is Program Committee member of the IADIS e-Democracy, Equity and Social Justice 2011 (ED 2011)
  • Peter Cruickshank invited to review for the e-Government track of HICSS 45 (2012)

 

Editorial Activity

  • Editorial board of the Journal of Electronic Democracy (JeDEM
  • Peter Cruickshank on editorial board of International Journal of Advances in Security

 

External Examining/Validations

  • External examiner - Graduate Certificate Petroleum Data Management
  • External Examiner - BSc (Hons) business computing degrees at Northumbria University

 

Media Activity

  • Smart Cities project in the Times
  • EuroPetition on EuroNews
  • In Government Computing interview Peter Cruickshank emphasises the need for human support for e-petitioners
  • Paper accepted for ePart10, Lausanne
  • Peter Cruickshank edits and posts wikipedia definition of "Smart City"
  • MSc project results published as advice to legal firms
  • Attended Future EDemocracy '09, leading to quote on BBC news site

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Fellow of HEA
  • Member of ISACA

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • SGSSS pathway representative for information science

 

Date


76 results

Exploring Information Literacy Through the Lens of Activity Theory

Conference Proceeding
Hall, H., Cruickshank, P., & Ryan, B. (2018)
Exploring Information Literacy Through the Lens of Activity Theory. In Communications in Computer and Information Science; Information Literacy in the Workplace. , (803-812). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-74334-9_81
Activity Theory (AT) is presented as a framework for explaining Information Literacy (IL) as a technologically mediated social practice. This is achieved in the context of a s...

Building identity in online environments: an Information Science perspective

Journal Article
Ryan, F. V. C., Cruickshank, P., Hall, H., & Lawson, A. (2018)
Building identity in online environments: an Information Science perspective. Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 54(1), 792-793. https://doi.org/10.1002/pra2.2017.14505401187
The research presented in this poster is concerned with the ways in which people use information to build identities for themselves online with reference to the themes of pers...

Practices of community representatives in exploiting information channels for citizen engagement

Presentation / Conference
Cruickshank, P., Ryan, B., & Hall, H. (2017, June)
Practices of community representatives in exploiting information channels for citizen engagement. Paper presented at i3: Information: Interactions and impact
This extended abstract presents results of an investigation of the practices of community representatives (in this case: Community Councillors in Scotland) in exploiting infor...

Blurred reputations: Managing profession and private information online

Presentation / Conference
Ryan, F., Cruickshank, P., Hall, H. & Lawson, A. (2017, June)
Blurred reputations: Managing profession and private information online. Paper presented at i3: information: interactions and impact, Aberdeen, Scotland
See attached file.

Information literacy for democratic engagement (IL-DEM)

Report
Hall, H., Cruickshank, P., & Ryan, B. (2017)
Information literacy for democratic engagement (IL-DEM). Scotland: Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals
Between October and December 2016 a team from the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University investigated the information practices of community councillors ...

Community Council Liaison Officer questionnaire data for IL-DEM project November - December 2016

Dataset
Hall, H., Cruickshank, P. & Ryan, B. (2017)
Community Council Liaison Officer questionnaire data for IL-DEM project November - December 2016. doi:10.17869/ENU.2017.682243
Results of questionnaire emailed to all Community Council Liaison Officers (1) in Scotland. Questions were around their Community Councils' use of information skills, for a pr...

Community Councillors survey data for IL-DEM project November -December 2016

Dataset
Hall, H., Cruickshank, P. & Ryan, B. (2017)
Community Councillors survey data for IL-DEM project November -December 2016. doi:10.17869/ENU.2017.682227
Results of online survey of Community Councillors around Scotland. Most questions were around their use of information skills, for a project around information literacy in com...

Managing and evaluating personal reputations on the basis of information shared on social media: a Generation X perspective.

Journal Article
Ryan, F., Cruickshank, P., Hall, H., & Lawson, A. (2016)
Managing and evaluating personal reputations on the basis of information shared on social media: a Generation X perspective. Information Research, 21(4),
Introduction. The means by which individuals evaluate the personal reputations of others, and manage their own personal reputations, as determined by information shared on soc...

Personal online reputation: the development of an approach to investigate how personal reputation is evaluated and managed in online environments.

Conference Proceeding
Ryan, F., Cruickshank, P., Hall, H., & Lawson, A. (2016)
Personal online reputation: the development of an approach to investigate how personal reputation is evaluated and managed in online environments. In IDIMC 2016: Exploring our digital shadow - from data to intelligence, (98-108
The main theme of the paper is the development of a framework to investigate how online information is used in the creation, building, and evaluation of personal reputations. ...

The Communities of Practice model for understanding digital engagement by hyperlocal elected representatives

Conference Proceeding
Cruickshank, P., & Ryan, B. (2016)
The Communities of Practice model for understanding digital engagement by hyperlocal elected representatives. In M. Janssen, M. A. Wimmer, Ø. Sæbø, T. A. Pardo, P. Panagiotopoulos, M. Gascó, …E. Tambouris (Eds.), Electronic Government and Electronic Participation, 11-18. https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-570-8-11
There has been much research into citizens’ engagement with their representatives. This paper offers an approach to understanding sustained take-up of internet technologies by...

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