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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 the LSE. He is the co-editor of Information Technology and People, Senior Editor for the Journal of Information Technology and 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 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, India, Jamaica, Japan and Mexico about the political, technological and social challenges of effective identity policies. He has contributed to reports for the World Bank, Omidyar Network and Centre for Global Development.

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

Edgar has successfully supervised nine PhD students, including three with colleagues in other departments at LSE.  He has examined PhDs at LSE, Brunel University, IESE, Kings College London, Nottingham Trent University, University of Pretoria, University of Southampton, University of Sydney, Trinity College Dublin and UCL.

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

Research interests

  • Identity assurance
  • Privacy and data governance
  • Global outsourcing
  • Cloud computing

Recent publications

Complete list of publications