iyhq8381-2Dr Lachlan Urquhart

Bio: I’m a Research Fellow in Information Technology Law at the Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute, School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham. I am a multidisciplinary researcher, having both law (LL.B – Edinburgh, LL.M – Strathclyde) and computer science (Ph.D – Nottingham) degrees.
I primarily work at the boundaries of human-computer interaction, information technology law, and computer ethics. I focus extensively on the legal, social, technical, and ethical implications of interactive computing (e.g. ubicomp, robotics, smart homes & cities, social media etc.). My publications are available here and recent public speaking here). My work has been featured in the press too, namely in New Scientist, Wired UK, and The Register.



I completed my doctoral research in the Mixed Reality Lab and Horizon, 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 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 and 2015 I was a visiting researcher at Meiji University, working with Professor Andrew Adams  in Tokyo, Japan.