Perla Innocenti


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

From October 2019 I am a Senior Lecturer in Information Science in  the Department of Computer and Information Sciences and member of the Strathclyde iSchool Research Group.

As a cultural heritage scholar, I am deeply engaged with curating, making accessible, and sustainably reusing tangible and intangible heritage via socio-technical means. I am an experienced PI and Co-I in several EU-funded and national grants, and have published widely.

My work currently embraces passions focussed around digital technologies and intangible heritage practices. Recent research includes cultural networks in migrating heritage, food heritage traditions of marginalised groups, use of digital technologies in hiking and pilgrimage routes.

My expertise also encompasses digital preservation, digital libraries and repositories, digital imaging, museum and art history.  

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

  • Digital Cultural Heritage
  • Migration and social inclusion
  • Hiking and pilgrimage routes
  • Food traditions
  • Digital Preservation and Curation

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Digital Cultural Heritage
  • User requirement analysis, interoperability, risk assessment and audit for information systems, digital repositories and digital libraries
  • Digital preservation methods and technologies
  • Qualitative research methods
  • User studies
  • Digital imaging for cultural heritage
  • Museum and art history

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 (2014-2019), APMG. Registration number P2R/573108

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 and pilgrimage routes
  • ICT


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