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Professor Charles D. Raab

Former Visiting Fellow

Charles D. Raab

Former Visiting Fellow

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Charles D. Raab (BA, Columbia; MA, Yale) is Professor of Government in the School of Social and Political Studies at the University of Edinburgh. His most recent book is (with Colin Bennett) The Governance of Privacy: Policy Instruments in Global Perspective (2nd edition, MIT Press, 2006). He has held ESRC research grants for projects on data-sharing and privacy in multi-agency working (with Christine Bellamy and Perri 6), and on privacy protection (in the Virtual Society? Programme, 1997-2000).

He is engaged in research on identity management in the EU 6th Framework Programme’s PRIME project, and has co-authored (with the Surveillance Network) a report on The Surveillance Society (2006) for the UK Office of the Information Commissioner. He is on the Advisory Group for the ESRC e-Society Programme and for other research projects in the UK (OII-based) and in Canada, where he was a Visiting Scholar in the Globalization of Personal Data project at Queen’s University (Kingston) in May 2006. He was a member of the Advisory Group for the Cabinet Office Performance and Innovation Unit’s report on Privacy and Data-Sharing: The Way Forward for Public Services (2002), and is currently involved in further advisory work on this topic.

He is an Associate of the AHRC Research Centre for Studies in Intellectual Property and Technology Law at the University of Edinburgh, and serves on the editorial boards of seven journals in the fields of information policy and public policy.

Charles Raab’s published research has been concerned with the privacy of personal information (data protection), public access to information, e-government, data-sharing, police cooperation, e-democracy, surveillance, as well as regulatory policy towards several of these practices, including movement towards global regulatory governance. During the period of his OII Visiting Fellowship, he expects to continue working on some of these, as well as further topics concerning identity management, new technologies, privacy impact assessment, and the idea of the ‘safety state’. He hopes to discuss these with others at the OII and to engage with current OII research on barriers to e-government, and on e-Science.

Positions at the OII

  • Visiting Fellow, December 2006 - December 2007