Laura Muir

Laura Muir

Dr Laura Muir

Associate Professor


Dr Laura Muir joined Edinburgh Napier University on 17th August 2015 as Associate Professor in the Information Systems Group of the School of Computing. She was previously a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Information Management at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. Her research is focussed on user-centred design of information systems and services and she has worked with industry in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and consultancy projects.




Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Edinburgh Napier University Representative on Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences (SGSSS) ESRC Doctoral Training College: Information Science pathway (from 23rd June 2016)
  • Member of the Scottish Government Cross Party Group on Digital Participation (since December 2009)
  • Member of OFCOM (Office of Communications) Advisory Committee on Older and Disabled People (ACOD) and Convenor of ACOD Research Sub-group, 1 April 2007 – 31 March 2011


Conference Activity

  • Member of the International Organising Committee for Information: Interactions and Impact (i3) conference held over 4 days in June every 2 years at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen



  • Reviewer: ACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) 2016, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, June 4-8 2016
  • Meta-reviewer: 78th ASIS&T Annual Meeting , Information Science with Impact: Research in and for the community, November 7-10, 2015, St Louis, USA


Spin-outs and Licences

  • Patent: Method and apparatus for processing image data Method and apparatus for processing image data. International Publication No: WO/2007/144640, December 2007


Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • Principal Investigator on project funded by CDA (Common Data Access) Ltd. to develop a ‘Body of Knowledge’ for Petroleum Data Management education and professional development (September 2014 – April 2015)
  • Industry Secondment to Lockheed Martin UK, Information Systems and Global Solutions division, Information Management section, Aberdeen (July 2013 to August 2014)
  • Post KTP Collaboration Agreement with Lockheed Martin UK (Information Systems and Global Solutions): Information Management Energy Forum management and Information Management benchmarking research (2012-14)
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP): OPITO Ltd and Robert Gordon University (Department of Information Management Aberdeen Business School), Workforce Planning Decision Support System (July 2011-February 2014)
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP): Amor Group Ltd. (now Lockheed Martin UK) and Robert Gordon University. Information Management Energy Forum (March 2010 - 2012)
  • Thales Scottish Technology Prize 2009 (2nd Place): Muir, L.J., Richardson, I.E.G. and Bhat, A., VClear: Perceptually Optimised Video Compression
  • CILIP Library and Information Research Group (LIRG) award, An evaluation of academic e-book accessibility in a diverse student population (April 2008 - 2009)
  • Aberdeen City Council funded British Sign Language DVD project (August – December 2007)
  • Scottish Enterprise Funded Proof of Concept project, Perceptually Optimised Video Compression (November 2005 – March 2008)

Current Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • Paul Stevenson, DInfSc ‘Supporting Evidence-based Decision Making in the NHS: A Knowledge Services Perspective’ (Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, 2016.
  • Paul Cleverley, PhD ‘Development of a Root Cause Model for Sub-optimal Information Seeking Experiences in the Enterprise: an Upstream Oil and Gas Industry Case Study’ (Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen), 2016
  • Gratiela Lobo, PhD ‘Like an Open Book? A New Paradigm for Academic E-Books’ (Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen), 2018