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Dr Kathy McGrath
Senior Lecturer


Kathy McGrath is a Senior Lecturer in Information Systems at Brunel University London. She holds a BSc. in Mathematics from the University of Kent at Canterbury and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She started her career as an IT practitioner in the leisure industry and went on to hold a full spectrum of systems development and project management roles. For eight years, she worked as an IT consultant in the financial sector, where she carried out assignments ranging from feasibility studies and project evaluations to project management of systems development teams. During this time, Kathy worked for several of London’s leading financial institutions and major insurance companies.

In her academic career, Kathy has held Senior Lectureship posts at Northampton and Brunel Universities and an occasional teaching post at the London School of Economics. She is currently Director of the Doctoral Taught Programme in the Department of Computer Science at Brunel University London, where she was previously the Course Director for the MSc in Information Systems Management. Kathy has also held external examiner posts for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at the LSE, University of East Anglia and Westminster Business School.

Kathy’s research focuses on the relationship between information and communication technologies (ICTs) and socio-organizational change. Her work has addressed this relationship in various public sector domains in developed and developing countries. Kathy has published her work in journals such as MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Journal, European Journal of Information Systems, Information and Organization, and Information Technology and People. She is also a regular presenter at leading IS conferences. Kathy has received research grants from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and a private sector sponsor for work on identity verification services in developing countries. She is currently a Senior Associate Editor for the European Journal of Information Systems.

Newest selected publications

McGrath, K. (2016) 'Identity verification and societal challenges: Explaining the gap between service provision and development outcomes'. MIS Quarterly, 40 (2). pp. 485 - 500. ISSN: 0276-7783 Open Access Link

Journal article

McGrath, K. (2013) 'The potential of generative mechanisms for IS research'.34th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS). Milan, Italy. 15 - 18 December. International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2013): Reshaping Society Through Information Systems Design. pp. 4121 - 4137.

Conference paper

McGrath, K., Elbanna, A., Hercheui, M., Panagiotopoulos, P. and Saad, E. (2012) 'Exploring the democratic potential of online social networking: the scope and limitations of e-participation'. Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 30 (1). ISSN: 1529-3181 Open Access Link

Journal article

McGrath, K., Elbanna, A., Hercheui, M., Panagiotopoulos, P. and Saad, E. (2011) 'Online social networking and citizen engagement: Debating the potential and limitations'.32nd International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS2011). Shanghai. 4 - 7 December. International Conference on Information Systems 2011, ICIS 2011. pp. 4431 - 4435.

Conference paper

McGrath, K. and Maiye, A. (2011) 'The contribution of ICTs to socio-economic development: Experience from Nigeria'.7th Critical Management Studies Conference (CMS7). Naples, Italy. 11 - 13 July. [unpublished]

Conference paper
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