Professor Ann Macintosh


I am Emeritus Professor of Digital Governance at the University of Leeds. I joined the University in 2007 to establish and co-direct the Centre for Digital Citizenship in the Institute of Communications Studies at the University. My internationally funded research is focused on the use of digital technologies to facilitate political communication and support the democratic process. In 1999, I founded the International Teledemocracy Centre (ITC) at Edinburgh Napier University, where I was Professor of Electronic Governance until 2007. My work, at both Leeds and Edinburgh Napier, has influenced research and policy-making in the UK, Europe and elsewhere. I have been an advisor to a number of national and regional governments, including the German Bundestag, the Canadian government, the state legislature of Queensland and the Scottish Government. I have also acted as a specialist advisor for the OECD, the Council for Europe and the Commonwealth Secretariat. From 1980 to 1999, I held various posts at the University of Edinburgh and was, finally, Knowledge Systems Director at the Artificial Intelligence Applications Institute (AIAI). While at the university I was an active committee member of the BCS Special Interest Group on Knowledge-Based Systems and Applied Artificial Intelligence for which I was awarded honorary life membership in 2006. I am a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Chartered Engineer. In 2009, I was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Orebro University in Sweden for recognition of my work in eParticipation, in particular the interplay between humans, technology and governance.

Research interests

My research in digital governance is both applied and conceptual; the aim is not simply to develop applications using ICT, but to understand their role in the complex structures that represent both global and local level governance. My  research falls into two main areas.

The first concerns the societal effect of technology on governance processes and the development of an evaluation framework for eParticipation. This area of my research has provided high-level insights into the mechanisms that need to be built into future online participation systems to appreciate how, where and why people use them.

The second concerns online deliberation and argument visualisation with the aim to support citizen engagement in policy making and facilitate the understanding of complex policy-related information. My last research project on argumentation visualization provided an orderly representation of the consultation debate and documentation that supports government policy-making. The European Commission project, IMPACT: Integrated Method for Policy making using Argument modelling and Computer assisted Text analysis funded this work.  

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