I manage the Edinburgh Centre for Data, Culture & Society at the University of Edinburgh, where I look after various programmes and projects, oversee the day-to-day running of the Centre, and support the Director in strategic activities.
Since completing my PhD in 2009, I have held a variety of roles in Higher Education, both professional and academic. Most recently I established and led a team of Digital Research Facilitators within Information Services. Prior to that, I was a Project Officer at EDINA, a national data centre and centre for digital excellence based at the University of Edinburgh. I worked on bibliographic and multimedia projects, and I was responsible for managing the Statistical Accounts of Scotland, a service that makes a set of over 900 fascinating historical texts available for researchers to search, analyse and engage with online.
I have also taught at the University of Edinburgh, where I’ve contributed to courses on Book History and Literature. I was previously an AHRC Research Fellow at the Centre for the History of the Book. Prior to joining the department in Edinburgh, I was an AHRC-funded Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the project Poetry Beyond Text: Vision, Text and Cognition at the University of Dundee.
My own research has always been concerned with interdisciplinarity and has engaged with a number of different fields, including book history, poetics, material culture, Digital Humanities, new media and technology studies, archive and information studies and cognitive science.