Dr Kreps’ areas of research interest fall broadly under the umbrella of Information Society. He is interested in all aspects of virtuality, and has established a reputation in eAccessibility. His background in Cultural Studies and Sociology bring a critical and philosophical approach to his research in Information Systems. His doctoral thesis focused on the phenomenon of Cyborgism in contemporary society, through interviews with disabled and performance and interactive artists exploring this field, and with reference to the exoskeletal ambitions of the US military.
Dr Kreps is currently pursuing a number of research directions including:
- How critical theorists and philosophers such as Gramsci, Foucault, Bergson and Whitehead can be reassessed in light of the developments in systems theory generally referred to as Complexity Theory.
- How these concerns play out in User Experience contexts
As a founder member of the Association of Information Systems’ Special Interest Group on Social Inclusion (SIGSI), he was Programme Chair of the ‘Masculinities and ICT’ Minitrack of the Americas Conference on Information Systems in Lima, Peru August 2010. He has delivered papers at conferences in many countries around the world.
David is Chair of the IFIP WG 9.5 on Virtuality and Society and a member of the IFIP TC9 Committee. He was Programme Chair of the ‘Virtual Technologies and Social Shaping’ track of the 9th Human Choice and Computers Conference (HCC9) which was part of the World Computer Congress in Brisbane in September 2010, one of the Programme Committee for 2014’s HCC11 in Turku, Finland, and Chair of the upcoming HCC12 – “Technology and Intimacy: Choice or coercion”which will be held at MediaCityUK September 2016.
David is a Senior Editor of the (ABS 3*) journal Information Technology and People
As well as writing about the philosophical and political issues around Complexity and Virtuality, Dr Kreps has written a number of academic papers on the ethical and social dimensions of Web Accessibility, and was one of two speakers at the Parliamentary IT Committee (PITCOM) on “ICT for the Socially Excluded” at the House of Commons, London, in 2006.
2015 saw the publication of two books: a collection of essays entitled ‘Gramsci and Foucault: A Reassessment’ edited by Dr Kreps, published by Ashgate in February 2015; and a monograph entitled Bergson, Complexity and Creative Emergence published in August 2015.
In 2006 Dr Kreps was awarded over £80k by the European Social Fund to undertake a research project entitled “Combating eDiscrimination in the North West.”
In 2008 David brought over £300k into Salford University winning a place as partner in a consortium for a Europe-wide project, DEHEMS led by Manchester City Council, aimed at improving awareness of home energy usage, and bringing about behaviour change for a reduced carbon footprint.
In January 2014 Dr Kreps began a £120k two year Knowledge Transfer Partnership, with funding awarded by the ESRC and the TSB (now InnovateUK), with the Macclesfield based company, Sigma UK, to explore User Experience research.