Dr Tristan Henderson

Dr Tristan Henderson

Senior Lecturer

Researcher profile

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I am an interdisciplinary computer scientist with training in computer science (MSc and PhD, UCL), economics (MA, Cambridge) and law (LLM, Edinburgh). My current research interests include data protection, privacy and digital rights, and teaching interests include my popular module on data ethics. Prior to joining St Andrews in 2006, I worked at Dartmouth College (Department of Computer Science and the Institute for Security & Technology Studies) in the USA.

I welcome opportunities to work with organisations and policymakers around the responsible use of data. I currently sit on the Young Scot Data Advisory Group and am an Area Editor for Data & Policy.

I am currently the School's Director of Postgraduate Research. If you are interested in pursuing research in Computer Science (or in interdisciplinary research combining Computer Science with other disciplines) at Master's or Doctoral level, please see our pages on postgraduate research courses.

For more information see my personal home page at https://tnhh.org/


Current teaching:

Past teaching:

I also supervise projects at honours and Masters level across our School.

Research areas

I am interested in understanding how people use networked systems, and using this information to build better systems. My research has involved measurements and testbeds for networked games, wireless networks, mobile sensors, smartphones, online social networks and opportunistic networks. More recently I have become interested in the privacy and ethical aspects of such research, which has in turn led to an interest in the law. I took a sabbatical to study for a law degree and am now focused on how technology, ethics and the law can be jointly used to regulate behaviour.

PhD supervision

  • Judith Fassbender
  • Adamu Adamu Habu
  • Anna Mitchell
  • Anna Mitchell

Selected publications


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