Hannah Rudman


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    EH9 3JG Edinburgh

    United Kingdom

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Research interests

Dr Hannah Rudman is Senior Challenge Research Fellow & Data Policy Lead. Hannah’s digital and data innovation applied research and development work is grounded in interdisciplinary Participatory Action Research, which is practice-led rather than practice-based, and typically helps to create actionable knowledge with participants. It is about working out how digital tools and data can best assist in assuring, strengthening and proving Scotland's natural economy's - and its agriculture and land-based sectors' - impact on grand challenges. It is also investigating the question: can distributed ledger technologies (DLT), digital technologies and digital data build human trust in the reporting of food quality and security, supply chain, natural economy and climate truths? As data policy lead, she will innovate around how we can utilise data to prove SRUC’s positive impact on the natural economy. 

Hannah has interests in Digital Ethics, and is a member of The Scottish Government’s Digital Identity Scotland Technical Expert Group, and was a former member of the Scottish Government’s 2020 Climate Group. She co-authored Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) in Public Services commissioned and published by The Scottish Government in 2018, and is an Expert Evaluator for the European Commission’s European Innovation Council. She was Special Advisor to the Cultural Enterprise Office and Scottish Arts Council/Creative Scotland. She is also an experienced non-executive director and serves as Board Trustee for the National Galleries of Scotland. She has a PhD in Information Systems (Computer Science), and is a highly experienced Digital Transformation expert and entrepreneur, and creative practitioner. 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Edinburgh Napier University

Award Date: 30 Mar 2015

Master, Royal Holloway University of London

Award Date: 11 Sep 1998

PGCert , Royal Holloway University of London

Award Date: 3 Jul 1998

Bachelor, Royal Holloway University of London

Award Date: 4 Jul 1997

External positions


Jan 2018Jul 2020

2018 → …

2018 → …

Leidos Inc


2015 → …


Envirodigital Ltd



Rudman Consulting Ltd


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Research Output

Open Access
  • Multidisciplinary exhibit design in a Science Centre: a participatory action research approach

    Rudman, H., Bailey-Ross, C., Kendal, J., Mursic, Z., Lloyd, A., Ross, B. & Kendal, R. L., 20 Aug 2018, In : Educational Action Research. 26, 4, p. 567-588 22 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    Designing for creativity and innovation in informal science learning

    Kendal, R. L., Kendal, J., Mursic, Z., Bailey-Ross, C., Rudman, H., Lloyd, A. & Ross, B., 1 Apr 2016, In : Informal Learning Review. 137, p. 20-24

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    A framework for the transformation of the incumbent creative industries in a digital age

    Rudman, H., Benyon, D. & Hall, H., 2015, 10Th International Forum on Knowledge Asset Dynamics: Culture, Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Connecting the Knowledge Dots. p. 1391-1403 13 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • The Low Carbon Transition: Implications for the Creative and Interactive Industries

    Rudman, H. & Mearns, E., 2011, The Scottish Government. 22 p.

    Research output: Book/Report/Policy BriefCommissioned report

    Open Access
  • Prizes

  • Honorary Fellowship

    Rudman, Hannah (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Honorary award

  • Activities

    • 11 Invited talk
    • 3 Membership of committee
    • 2 Organising a conference, workshop, ...

    Improving Cyberbreach Reporting with Trust and Security Enabled by DLT

    Hannah Rudman (Speaker)

    17 Feb 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    SICSA Conference 2020

    Hannah Rudman (Participant)

    1 Oct 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Re-establishing Trust in Technology

    Hannah Rudman (Speaker)

    20 Nov 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    DLT for DT

    Hannah Rudman (Speaker)

    6 Feb 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Fuelled by blockchain: opportunities for oil and gas

    Hannah Rudman (Speaker)

    25 May 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Press / Media

    Technology to trace oats’ provenance a step closer

    Hannah Rudman & Paul Mayfield


    1 item of Media coverage


    Industry facing biggest challenge for 50 years

    Hannah Rudman


    1 item of Media coverage


    Blockchain boosts food safety and provenance in UK gluten-free oats

    Hannah Rudman & Paul Mayfield


    1 item of Media coverage


    Scottish growers aim to guarantee gluten-free oats

    Hannah Rudman & Paul Mayfield


    1 item of Media coverage