Edgar Whitely

London School of Economics and Political Science


Edgar A. Whitely


Edgar is an Associate Professor (Reader) in Information Systems in the Department of Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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's research covers privacy, identity policy, information assurance, cloud computing and public management.

Edgar is co-chair of the UK Cabinet Office Privacy and Consumer Advisory Group, and a member of the Information Assurance Advisory Council (IAAC) Academic Liaison Panel and a was member of the ESRC Administrative Data Research Network: Information Assurance Expert Group. He is a member of the ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Peer Review Group.

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


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