Dr Lachlan D. Urquhart 

Bio: I am currently a Lecturer in Technology Law at the University of Edinburgh. I am also a visiting research fellow at the Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute, where I was a Research Fellow in Information Technology Law from 2016-2018. I am a multidisciplinary researcher, having degrees in both law [ LL.B, Hons (Edin); LL.M IT & Telecoms Law, Distinction (Strath) ] & computer science [ Ph.D (Nott)]. My PhD, entitled  Towards User-Centric Regulation: Exploring the Interface between Information Technology Law and Human Computer Interaction was completed at the Mixed Reality Laboratory and EPSRC/RCUK Horizon Centre for Doctoral Training, School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham. It explored the role of technology designers in regulation using a mixed methods approach.

I’ve worked as a legal research assistant for Professor Lilian Edwards at the Centre for Internet Law and Policy at Strathclyde in both 2012 and 2014. In summer 2014 and 2015 I was a visiting researcher at Centre for Information Business Ethics at Meiji University – Tokyo, Japan, working with Professor Andrew Adams.

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, projects here and recent public speaking here. My work has been featured in the press too, namely in New Scientist, Wired UK, Mechanical Engineer, and The Register.


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