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PhD projects

areas of interest for supervision: I am interested in hearing from students wishing to undertake doctoral research in any area related to digital cultural heritage and human experience design including digital museums, user experience, user studies, digital GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums), social media, and the general digital humanities, including digitisation and data mining, any aspects of online platforms, crowdsourcing, and online public engagement.

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Interim Associate Dean Academic within Faculty of Creative & Cultural Industries (CCI).

My research takes place within the context of Digital Humanities (DH) and my work is highly interdisciplinary, ranging from the user experience and user studies of digital heritage resources to broader debates surrounding the social aspects of digital innovation and technological change in cultural heritage environments.

Areas of interest for supervision

I am interested in hearing from students wishing to undertake doctoral research in any area related to digital cultural heritage including digital museums, digital engagement, user experience, user studies, and the general digital humanities, including social media, citizen science/citizen history, creative online platforms, crowdsourcing, and online public engagement. I am happy to discuss proposals with interested potential PhD students. 

Research Interests

  • Digital Heritage
  • Digital Humanities
  • Digital Engagement & User Experience
  • Museum Informatics
  • Visitor Generated Content & Social Interpretation
  • Museum Innovation 
  • Creativity and Creative Practice
  • Museum and University Knowledge Exchange 


I joined the University of Portsmouth in February 2017 and currently fulfil the role of Academic Lead within the School of Creative Technologies responsible for the strategic leadership of the Human Experience Design theme. I am also a principal lecturer in user experience.

My main research focuses on digital innovation and impact of engagement and user experience in a museum context. My current research interests include the nature of participation and engagement possibilities provided by digital technology,  digital heritage, museum innovation, creativity and creative practice, and knowledge exchange between academic and cultural heritage institutions.

I completed my PhD (2014) in Digital Humanities at the Centre for Digital Humanities and Department of Information Studies, UCL, where my research focused on exploring the implications of digital innovation projects in museums and their bearing on visitor engagement and institutional change.

Please note that I was on maternity and shared parental leave from March 2019 - November 2019.

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., Radical Trust Works: An Investigation of Digital Visitor Generated Content and Visitor Engagement in Museum Spaces, University College London

1 Jan 201112 Dec 2014

Award Date: 28 Dec 2014

External positions

Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Durham University


Assistant Digital Officer, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums


Research Associate, University College London


KTP Associate, University of Exeter



  • AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
  • Digital Engagement
  • Museum Visitor Studies
  • Impact and Innovation
  • Digital Heritage
  • Digital Humanities
  • ZA4050 Electronic information resources
  • Information Studies
  • Digital Humanities
  • User Experience
  • User Testing
  • QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
  • Creative Technologies
  • Digital Media
  • HCI
  • User Experience
  • Digital Humanities


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