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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.

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.

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.

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor, University of Northampton

Sep 2009Jul 2010

Award Date: 20 Jul 2010


2015 → …

External positions

Committee Member (Risk), British Standards Institution

Mar 2017 → …

External Examiner, Anglia Ruskin University


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Hills, M., Atkinson, L. & Teasdale Brown, T.


Project: Internal FundBig Ideas Fund

Research Output

Towards cyber-resilient & sustainable SMES: the case study of added value from a large IT reseller

Hills, M., Atkinson, L. & Hills, M. (ed.), 1 Dec 2016, Why Cyber Security is a Socio-Technical Challenge: New Concepts and Practical Measures to Enhance Detection, Prevention and Response. New York: Nova Science Publishers, 150 p. (Computer Science, technology and applications).

Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter

Open Access
  • Towards cyber-resilient and sustainable smes: The case study of added value from a large IT Re-seller

    Hills, M. & Atkinson, L., 1 Nov 2016, Why Cyber Security is a Socio-Technical Challenge: New Concepts and Practical Measures to Enhance Detection. Nova Science Publishers, 150 p.

    Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter

  • Activities

    • 1 Oral presentation

    Sustainable feedback: Students’ expectations

    Sally Sun (Speaker), , Louise Atkinson (Speaker), & Martin Smith (Speaker)

    20 Jun 201822 Jun 2018

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch