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Louise Atkinson is an early career researcher with a commercial background in the IT Industry. Her expertise lies in product, project and business management commercially. In academia Louise has utilised her industry knowledge in both teaching and research.

In undergraduate programmes Louise primarly focuses on strategic management and social responsiblity of businesses. As Programme Leader for BA Business Studies and part of the steering group for the staff development of the new Personal Tutor role at the University Louise has a particular interest in education within Higher Education and has recently engaged in related research.

Research Interests

Louise has engaged in research examining socio-technical challenges with risk and security, specifically cyber risk. She has been involved in research and projects that have enabled her to offer support for businesses in areas such as the introduction of GDPR, and cyber risk management. As an active member of the BSI (British Standards Institute) Risk Committee Louise has participated in the (ongoing) development of BS31111 - a new British Standard to support cyber risk management, and the review of related ISO standards.

Alongside, Louise has pursued research examining the relationship between businesses and the communities in which they operate for her doctoral research. Nearing completion Louise has plans to further this work and its related outputs post doctorate. She is open to building networks with other academics and practitioners in her fields of itnerest. To date Louise has provided business training and awareness programs, and works with business partners and networks to provide advice and support.

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor, BA (hons) Business and Management, University of Northampton

Sept 2009Jul 2010

Award Date: 20 Jul 2010

PhD, The role of community influences on socially responsible activity within SMEs

2015 → …

External positions

Committee Member (Risk), British Standards Institution

Mar 2017 → …

External Examiner, Anglia Ruskin University



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    Project: Internal FundBig Ideas Fund 2019