Professor of e-Research
Tel +44 (0)20 7848 1981
Centre for e-Research
26-29 Drury Lane, Room 301
King's College London, London WC2B 5RL
Digital Libraries, digital archives, the relationship between the requirements of scholarship and library and archival practices
Digital infrastructures for research including trends in the use of technology and digital methods in the arts and humanities
Scholarly publishing, particularly new forms of digital publication
The management and exploitation of digital assets, including the theory and practice of data curation
Sheila has an academic background in Sociology, Social Policy and Social History. While studying for her MA, Sheila worked as a research assistant at the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure and became interested in the application of computer technologies for historical research. This interest blossomed and in 1993 Sheila was instrumental in the establishment of the History Data Service at the University of Essex, running the service until 1998 when she became Deputy Director at the UK Data Archive.
Sheila joined King’s College London in 2000 as Director of the Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS) mixing running a service with a programme of applied research in digital curation and digital infrastructures. In 2008 she established the Centre for e-Research which she directed until standing down in April 2012. With colleagues in Digital Humanities, Sheila was responsible for designing, developing and launching (in 2010) the MA in Digital Asset and Media Management. Sheila is involved in a number of large European Humanities Research Infrastructure projects working with researchers across different disciplines and with libraries and archives.