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Lachlan Urquhart

Research Fellow in Information Technology Law, Faculty of Science



I'm a Research Fellow in Information Technology Law at the Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute, School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham.

I primarily work at the boundaries of information technology law, human-computer interaction, and digital ethics, exploring regulatory dimensions of emerging technologies. I've written on topics including, privacy by design in practice, domestic internet of things, social media policing, trends in cybercrime and cybersecurity regulation, privacy and freedom of expression (particularly, UK press regulation), smart cities, and robotics (drones). My work has been featured in the press New Scientist, Wired UK, and The Register.


I completed my doctoral research in the Mixed Reality Lab and Horizon Digital Economy Doctoral Training Centre within the School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham. I submitted my thesis entitled "Towards User-Centric Regulation: Exploring the Interface Between Information Technology Law and Human-Computer Interaction" in September 2016. I was supervised by Prof Tom Rodden and Prof Lilian Edwards. I passed my PhD viva with no corrections (except typographical) in March 2017 with examiners Prof Burkhard Schafer and Prof Derek McAuley. I'm also affiliated with the Centre for Internet Law and Policy, University of Strathclyde.

I completed my LL.B (Hons) at the University of Edinburgh and my LL.M (Distinction) in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law at the University of Strathclyde.

My LL.M thesis considered how information technologies are changing modern state surveillance practices and it considered new conceptual and practical challenges for existing regulatory controls.

I worked as a legal research assistant for Professor Lilian Edwards at the Centre for Internet Law and Policy at Strathclyde in 2011 and 2014. In Summer 2014 I was a visiting researcher working with Professor Andrew Adams at Meiji University - Tokyo, Japan

Selected Publications

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