Dr Keegan McBride
Dr Keegan McBride is an expert on topics such as digital government, digital innovation, the use of AI in the public sector, digital well-being and happiness, and government interoperability and data exchange.
In his research, Dr McBride aims to develop an understanding about the future trajectory of the state in the digital age by exploring the complex and co-evolutionary relationships between technology, society, and the state.
He is also an active member of the scholarly community, participating in several high-level digital government focused conferences and publishing in leading peer-reviewed digital government focused journals.
Outside of these academic interests, Dr McBride is actively working with NGOs, particularly those that focus on reimagining a better, open, human-centric, and equitable digital future, and can be found consulting and working with governments and private sector organizations on the topic of governmental digitalization.
Dr McBride received an MSc in e-Governance Technologies and Services and completed his doctoral studies in public administration, both at the Tallinn University of Technology in Tallinn, Estonia.
- Digital government
- Public sector use of technology (AI, digital identity, blockchain, IoT, etc)
- Artificial Intelligence and its usage by society and the public sector
- Digital regulation and policy
- Digital well-being and happiness
- Digital identity systems
- Internet voting
- Government and public sector reform
- The Information Society and the Future of Digital Well-being in Global Happiness and Well-being Policy Report 2022
- Transnational Digital Governance and Its Impact on Artificial Intelligence (2022)
- Untangling Agile Government: On the Dual Necessities of Structure and Agility (2022)
- Hello, World: Artificial intelligence and its use in the public sector (2019)
- Leader in e-Government, Laggard in Open Data: Exploring the Case of Estonia (2018)
- Citizen-oriented digital transformation in the public sector (2018)
Dr Keegan McBride has experience providing expert commentary for leading European newspapers, working with national TV broadcasters, authoring opinion pieces, and participating in podcasts.
Recent media work
- Digital wonderland? (F.A.Z., 2022)
- 'What Happened to the Estonian e-State?' (Podcast, 2021)
- Image of ‘digital Baltics’ cracks under weight of pandemic (New Eastern Europe, 2021)
- Estonia: What's wrong with the digital pioneer (Tagesspiegel Background, 2021)
- Improving government by focusing on well-being and happiness (Apolitical, 2021)
- Interview: Researcher on Faroese e-Government and the Estonian experience (ERR News, 2018)