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The University of Dundee is proud to host the Centre for Freedom of Information, a research centre focussed on conducting research on the right to access information. Established in 2009, the Centre provides research support and a conceptual space for researchers to engage with and discuss current issues on information law and practice.

In Scotland, the Centre facilitates discussions between freedom of information practitioners within public authorities, the legal and academic community and civil society. The keystone of these activities is the Annual Freedom of Information Practitioner's Conference: a one-day event which explores contemporary information law issues and their broader impact on governance, practice and society.

The Centre's successful seminar series has included international contributors from Canada, Ireland, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, and the USA. The Centre has also supported research into the impact of the Aarhus Convention and the EC Directive on Access to Environmental Information in Scotland through the ESRC-funded project titled "Uncovering the Environment: The Use of Public Access to Environmental Information". 

For further information, please contact Dr Sean Whittaker at

Freedom of information requests to the University of Dundee should be directed to