Lisa Otty


Dr Lisa Otty is the Manager of the Centre for Data, Culture & Society at the University of Edinburgh.

Over the last eight years she has leveraged her extensive experience in research, project management and strategic development to ensure that researchers in the Arts and Humanities are able to benefit from the affordances of digital technology. She believes these disciplines have a vital role to play in our increasingly data-driven and technologically complex society, as avenues for critique, experiment and ethical consideration.

In her current role, Lisa leads a team that delivers an extensive training and events programme, researcher support activities, and strategic projects. She has worked in Higher Education for over fifteen years and has led a wide variety of academic and professional projects, often with a focus on bibliography, digitisation, and collections data. She has worked with national and international partners such as the British Library, JISC, CLOCKSS, Hathi Trust, Portico and ISSN. Lisa earned her PhD in English Literature, with a focus on inter-media publishing. She has held a number of Fellowships including an AHRC Early Career Fellowship and the Alfred and Blanche Knopf Fellowship at the University of Texas, Austin.

Lisa is an Associate of the Higher Education Academy. She also serves as a Non-Executive Director / Board Trustee with Capella, a national charity that provides support and education to young people with complex learning difficulties and additional needs.