Dr Kreps’ areas of research interest fall broadly under the umbrella of a cultural study of the ‘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. His books bring new philosophical perspectives to bear upon the study information systems.

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 and complexity theory.
  • What impact these ideas might have on our understanding of the digital world
  • How these concerns play out in User Experience contexts

International 

David is Chair of IFIP TC9 on ICT and Society, leading nearly 600 academics and practitioners from over 60 countries, across ten different working groups, including being Chair of the IFIP Working Group 9.5 on Virtuality and Society. He has been 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; he was one of the Programme Committee for 2014’s HCC11 in Turku, Finland; he was Conference Chair of HCC12 – “Technology and Intimacy: Choice or coercion” held at MediaCityUK September 2016, and is Conference Chair of HCC13 – This Changes Everything, to be held in Poznan, Poland, September 2018.

David is a Senior Editor of the journal Information Technology and People

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.

Publishing

As well as writing about the philosophical and political issues around Philosophy, 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.

His books include a collection of essays entitled ‘Gramsci and Foucault: A Reassessment’ edited by Dr Kreps, published by Routledge in February 2015; and a monograph entitled Bergson, Complexity and Creative Emergence published in August 2015.

Funded Research

  • In August 2017 Dr Kreps was awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship worth £106k, to undertake a one-year project entitled, Understanding Digital Events : A philosophical and sociological study of virtual experience in the everyday. This highly prestigious award allows “academics to focus on a major piece of research and to communicate their work to a wider audience, by obtaining time away from teaching and administration commitments.”
  • 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.
  • 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 2006 Dr Kreps was awarded over £80k by the European Social Fund to undertake a research project entitled “Combating eDiscrimination in the North West.”