Questionnaire for Data Protection Officers - Research

08/01/2024 | Liz Taylor

Liz Taylor, PhD Candidate in the Department of Information Studies at University College London (UCL), is seeking to engage participants in a PhD research study who are currently in the role of Data Protection Officer (DPO) within an organisation complying with UK data protection laws.

This research aims to develop an understanding of Data Protection Officers’ (DPOs) contributions to data protection practices and compliance within their organisational contexts, and identify professional and personal competencies required for a DPO to be effective in their role. No one will be personally judged. All participation will be anonymised in any outputs.  

The benefits of taking part will depend on what participants want to get out of the research, and it is recognised that the research coincides with a potentially uncertain time for Data Protection Officers due to the passage of new data protection legislation in the UK. However, for those that participate beyond the initial survey, there will be:  

  • Opportunities to reflect not only on the way in which you approach your role but also how practices help your organisation with compliance
  • Support with identifying areas of strength as well as areas that may benefit from development 
  • A process of reflection and learning for participants 
  • The development of a map of practices within your organisation that you will be able to access 

The research will be used to deliver a PhD at UCL and key findings will be published. The research aims to contribute to a better understanding of the role and value of the DPO and broader data protection delivery. 

Participation details:

For anyone that is a DPO, there is a general survey at

The response form contains a small number of tick-box questions that can be completed in just a few minutes. Your answers will be recorded anonymously if you complete just this component of the survey. 

For those interested in participating more actively in the bigger piece of research, please register your details and also complete the consent form using the same link.

Further information and contact details:

Details about the research are available from information-for-participants-for-issue.pdf. Please read the information sheet before registering. The registration form will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Your answers will be valuable whether or not you proceed with participating more fully.  

If you require any other details, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with the researcher – Liz Taylor, UCL:

The supervisor for this project is Elizabeth Lomas:

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