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. 


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.

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