• KY16 9SS

    United Kingdom

Accepting Postgraduate Research Students

PhD projects

I am broadly interested in supervising students in the areas of privacy, law and technology, digital rights, data protection or similar. I am happy to supervise interdisciplinary projects if possible (this may depend on finding suitable expertise in other Schools in the University or elsewhere). See my personal website for further information: https://tnhh.org/research/

Personal profile

Academic/Professional Qualification

  • LLM, Innovation, Technology and the Law, University of Edinburgh
  • PhD, Computer Science, University College London
  • MSc, Computer Science, University College London
  • MA, Economics, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge

Research overview

I am interested in understanding how people use networked systems, and using this information to build better systems. My research has involved measurements and testbeds for networked games, wireless networks, mobile sensors, smartphones, online social networks and opportunistic networks. More recently I have become interested in the privacy and ethical aspects of such research, which has in turn led to an interest in the law. I took a sabbatical to study for a law degree and am now focused on how technology, ethics and the law can be jointly used to regulate behaviour.

Teaching activity

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I also supervise projects at honours and Masters level across our School.

Profile Keywords

Privacy, data ethics, data protection, law and technology, human-data interaction (HDI), online social networks, reproducible and responsible research


I am an interdisciplinary computer scientist with training in computer science (MSc and PhD, UCL), economics (MA, Cambridge) and law (LLM, Edinburgh). My current research interests include data protection, privacy and digital rights, and teaching interests include my popular module on data ethics. Prior to joining St Andrews in 2006, I worked at Dartmouth College (Department of Computer Science and the Institute for Security & Technology Studies) in the USA.

I welcome opportunities to work with organisations and policymakers around the responsible use of data. I currently sit on the Young Scot Data Advisory Group and am an Area Editor for Data & Policy.

I am currently the School's Director of Postgraduate Research. If you are interested in pursuing research in Computer Science (or in interdisciplinary research combining Computer Science with other disciplines) at Master's or Doctoral level, please see our pages on postgraduate research courses.

For more information see my personal home page at https://tnhh.org/

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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