Peter Cruickshank has a background in information systems audit and information security and governance generally. 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 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, including the application of activity theory.
He has carried out research in library and information science. He was a member of the team that conducted market research to training provision for the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). Previously he had been part 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, EDemConference for E-democracy, E-participation and E-voting, CeDemSocInfo, co-organized by IIASA (the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis).