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Mark Hedges

Hedges, Dr Mark


Senior Lecturer

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2784 
Address Department of Digital Humanities
S3.20, Strand Building
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS



Mark’s original academic background was in mathematics and philosophy, and he gained a PhD in mathematics at University College London, before starting a 17-year career in software and systems consultancy, working on large-scale development projects for industrial and commercial clients. After a brief career break – during which he gained an MA in late Antique and Byzantine Studies – he began his career at King’s in 2005 as Technical Manager of the Arts and Humanities Data Service, and then as Deputy Director and subsequently Director of the Centre for e-Research. He moved to his current position in the Department of Digital Humanities in 2012.  

Research Interests and PhD supervision
  • Crowdsourcing and other participatory methods, both in the humanities and for social engagement.
  • Digital and computational methods in the humanities
  • Digital curation, digital archives, and research infrastructures
  • Social and cultural impact of digital technologies and information, particularly in a development context

During the last ten tears, Mark has led a variety of interdisciplinary research projects in these and related areas, and is particularly interested in how digital technologies and digital information, are transforming both research, and society and culture more broadly. Most recently he has been working on initiatives relating to the impact of digital archives and information in Rwanda.

Mark welcomes the opportunity to supervise PhD students who want to pursue projects that relate to these broad interests.

Selected Publications
  • Dunn, S., & Hedges, M. (2013). Crowd-sourcing as a component of humanities research infrastructures. International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing.
  • Blanke, T., et al. (2013). Back to our data—Experiments with NoSQL technologies in the Humanities. In Big Data, 2013 IEEE International Conference on. IEEE.
  • Gill, A. J., et al (2017). Insight workflow: Systematically combining human and computational methods to explore textual data. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology.
  • Hedges, M., & Dunn, S. (in press). Academic Crowdsourcing in the Humanities: crowds, communities and co-production. Elsevier.
  • Marciano et al. (in press). Archival Records and Training in the Age of Big Data. In Re-envisioning the MLS: Perspectives on the Future of Library & Information Science Education (Emerald)

Mark teaches on a variety of modules for the MA in Digital Asset and Media Management and the MA in Digital Curation. 

Expertise and Public Engagement

Mark is engaged on impact activities relating to digital archives and technologies in the context of post-Genocide reconstruction in Rwanda. This has involved public engagement and press appearances in Rwanda. 

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