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Personal Statement

From October 2019 I am a Senior Lecturer (Associate Prof) in Information Science in  the Department of Computer and Information Sciences (CIS), where I am also member of the Strathclyde iSchool Research Group and Digital Health and Wellness Research Group.  From 2021 I am Chair of the CIS Athena SWAN Team.

My overarching interest is in the field of cultural heritage informatics, which is an interdisciplinary lens for investigating questions relating to preservation, access, and wellbeing in the domain of tangible and intangible heritage.

As Principal and Co-Investigator I have researched these questions in several EU-funded and national grants, and secured more than 1.5 million Euros as institutional budget. I published in peer-reviewed monographs, books, and conference proceedings in the realms of digital preservation for LAMs, digital libraries and repositories, information practices of marginalised groups, digital imaging, museum and art history.  My work is currently focussing on information practices, traditions, and wellness in heritage routes, from walking pilgrimages to hiking routes.

I am supervising PhD students researching information practices in secular and religious pilgrimage routes, assessing ethics risks in information systems, and digital preservation practices in national libraries.  Doctoral proposals related to my areas of interest are welcome.

Prior to joining the University of Strathclyde, I was Senior Lecturer in Information Science, member of the Northumbria Social Computing Group (NorSC), and Athena SWAN Chair at the University of Northumbria. Before that, I was Research Fellow in the School of Cultural and Creative Arts at the University of Glasgow, where I was also awarded my doctorate and led research in several EU-funded projects as PI, Co-I and researcher. In Italy I held a research scholarship on information systems for industrial design at Politecnico di Milano, and coordinated digital libraries’ activities and projects. I also conducted research on museum history and museography with Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Goppion Laboratorio Museotecnico, National Institute of Art and Archaeology in Rome, and the National Gallery in Bologna. 


Research Interests

  • Cultural Heritage Informatics
  • Digital Preservation and Curation
  • Migration and social inclusion
  • Information practices in heritage routes, from walking pilgrimages to hiking routes
  • Ethics challenges in information systems

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Cultural Heritage Informatics
  • Information management
  • Risk assessment and audit for information systems
  • Serious Leisure
  • Digital preservation methods and technologies
  • Digital imaging for cultural heritage
  • Museum and art history


  • Qualitative research methods
  • Mixed-Methods
  • Field Ethnographies
  • User Studies
  • User Centred Design

Industrial Relevance

My track record of collaboration for research partnerships, knowledge exchange, and field case studies include ca 150 institutions in UK and in particular internationally: universities and research centres; libraries, museums, archives, theatres, cultural centres; research and governmental institutions; European bodies; small, medium and large industries; foundations.

Academic / Professional qualifications

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), 2015 – present
  • PhD (2013) School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Master in Management and Communication of Cultural Heritage (2000) Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy
  • Four-years degree in Humanities - History of Modern Art (1999) University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy, 110/110 cum laude
  • Certified PRINCE2 (PRojects IN Controlled Environments, version 2) Practitioner, APMG. Registration number P2R/573108

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Glasgow

Award Date: 3 Dec 2013

Master of Arts, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa

Award Date: 31 Aug 2000

Master of Arts, Universita Degli Studi Di Roma La Sapienza University of Rome

Award Date: 8 Jul 1999


  • Cultural Heritage
  • Digital Heritage
  • Intangibe Heritage
  • Cultural Informatics
  • Digital Preservation
  • Digital Libraries
  • Information Managament
  • Library and Information Science
  • Migration
  • Cultural Dialogue
  • Social Inclusion
  • Food Heritage
  • Hiking routes
  • Pilgrimage routes
  • ICT
  • Marginalised groups
  • refugees
  • asylum seekers
  • ethics
  • information systems
  • ethnography
  • Qualitative Research
  • Mixed Methods


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