Dr David Kreps is a trans-disciplinary academic. Combining philosophy with a background in the arts, cultural theory, and sociology, to address a critical perspective on systems theory, David is a critical philosopher of Information Systems – the trans-disciplinary space where computing, the social, and the nature of our relationship with reality intersect.
David is an ‘early adopter’, pioneering thinker and commentator, with a fascination for technology and its impact upon society. A web developer since 1995, (making probably the first Arts Centre Website in the UK) he did his PhD thesis on Cyborgism, became an expert in Web Accessibility, and wrote about the philosophy of virtuality, and cultural identity in the socially networked society. He was Director of the Information Systems, Organisations and Society Research Centre (ISOS) at Salford, 2009-12.
In the 1980s, David worked as a jobbing actor in fringe and community theatre. See kreps.org/arts/ for a retrospective.
During the 1990s, as an Arts Centre Director for Tamworth Borough Council, and then Portsmouth City Council, and as Chairman of Kaos Theatre UK from 1997 to 2008, and of Horse and Bamboo Theatre company from 2009 to 2012, David has gained invaluable experience in leading a wide range of projects in the public sector.
As a technician, he has made websites for not-for-profit organisations since 1995 and in 2000 began to do so commercially. David has been responsible for the production of a range of websites for clients in both Manchester and further afield and has provided CSS and Accessibility expertise to many other Web Developers through Training courses and seminars. You can attend his two day classes on Web and WordPress organised by Salford. He has been in recent years both Technology Enhanced Learning Champion, and eLearning Group Leader in Salford Business School.
Alongside his arts management, web development, and business interests, building on a Bachelors in Theatre and Arts Management, David undertook a part-time Masters in Cultural Theory during the mid 90s, specialising in Cybersociety, (dissertation here) and between 1998 and 2003 undertook extensive research in this field, culminating in the award in January 2004 of a PhD from the University of Salford, for his doctoral thesis on Cyborgs. In the same month, he joined the Information Systems Institute (now part of the Salford Business School) full time, after several years working part-time for them. He is currently undertaking an MA Philosophy with the OU in his spare time.
Qualifications and Memberships
- PhD Sociology of Technology, University of Salford 1998-2004
- MA Cultural Studies, University of Salford 1995-1998
- BA (Hons) Theatre & Arts Management, Dartington College of Arts (University of Plymouth) 1991-1994
- PGCAP Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, University of Salford 2012-13
- SFHEA – Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Industry Contacts and Activities
Manchester Digital, the region’s trade association for New Media and IT organisations, has appointed Dr Kreps as a member of the Judges Panel for the Big Chip Awards, the UK’s longest running digital industry awards and the biggest outside London, every year since 2006. Dr Kreps works with a number of the companies in the region’s Digital Sector, and further afield.