Roger Clarke

Roger Clarke is a consultant on strategic and policy aspects of eBusiness, information infrastructure, and dataveillance and privacy. His 40-year career has been variously as professional, manager, consultant, academic and company director.

He has published several hundred papers, over a hundred of them in the refereed literature.  Most of them are available on his personal web-site at, which has accumulated over 40 million hits since it was launched in 1995.  His Google citation-counts are at

He holds degrees in Information Systems from UNSW, and a doctorate from the ANU.  He has been a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society since 1986 and of the international Association for Information Systems since 2012.  He is a Visiting Professor at UNSW (in cyberspace law and policy) and at the ANU (in computer science).

In 2009, he was awarded the second-ever Australian Privacy Medal, following Justice Michael Kirby the previous year.

The Information Systems Academic Discipline in Australia »

Edited by: Guy G. Gable, Shirley Gregor, Roger Clarke, Gail Ridley, Robert Smyth
Publication date: September 2008
This book represents the second phase of a multi-method, multi-study of the ‘Information Systems Academic Discipline in Australia’. Drawing on Whitley’s Theory of Scientific Change, the study analysed the degree of ‘professionalisation’ of the Information Systems Discipline, the overarching research question being ‘To what extent is Information Systems a distinct and mature discipline in Australia?’ The book chapters are structured around three main sections: a) the context of the study; b) the state case studies; and c) Australia-wide evidence and analysis. The book is crafted to be accessible to IS and non-IS types both within and outside of Australia. It represents a ‘check point’; a snapshot at a point in time. As the first in a hoped for series of such snap-shots, it includes a brief history of IS in Australia, bringing us up to the time of this report. The editorial team comprises Guy Gable, architect and leader; Bob Smyth, project manager; Shirley Gregor, sponsor, host and co-theoretician; Roger Clarke, discipline memory; and Gail Ridley, theoretician. In phase two, the editors undertook to examine each component study, with a view to arriving at an Australia-wide perspective.