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Dr Edgar Whitley

Associate Professor (Reader) of Information Systems and Director of Teaching and Learning

Information Systems and Innovation Faculty Group


Edgar is an Associate Professor (Reader) of Information Systems.  

Edgar has a BSc (Econ) and PhD in Information Systems, both from LSE.  He is the co–editor of Information Technology and People, Senior Editor for the AIS Transactions of Replication Research and an Associate Editor for the Journal of the AIS.  He has served as research co-chair for the European Conference on Information Systems, track co-chair for the International Conference on Information Systems and was previously an associate editor for the European Journal of Information Systems and MIS Quarterly.

Edgar’s research covers identity policy, cloud computing and public management.

Edgar was the research coordinator of the influential LSE Identity Project on the UK’s proposals to introduce biometric identity cards; proposals that were scrapped following the 2010 General Election. His book with Gus Hosein Global Challenges for Identity Policies was published by Palgrave in 2010.  Edgar has also advised governments in Brazil, Chile, Ecuador,Jamaica and Mexico about the political, technological and social challenges of effective identity policies.

Edgar is co-chair of the UK Cabinet Office Privacy and Consumer Advisory Group, a member of the BCS Information Privacy Expert Panel and a member of the ESRC Administrative Data Research Network: Information Assurance Expert Group.

Edgar’s research on cloud computing, including privacy and security considerations, is widely cited and of the book Moving to the cloud corporation, published by Palgrave 2014.

Read Edgar’s Impact Case Study on scrapping costly and controversial proposals for identity cards

Research interests

  • Identity assurance
  • Privacy
  • Global outsourcing
  • Cloud computing
  • Public Management 

Recent publications

Complete list of publications