Lorna-Jane Richardson is Lecturer in Digital Humanities in the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities and her main research interests are in the fields of public and community archaeology, digital cultural heritage, digital public engagement and digital research methods, especially in social media. She is a core staff member in the Digital Humanities Incubator Group.

Lorna is interested in the interface between digital communications, social media, and concepts of elitism and academic/professional expertise. Her digitally-focused work explores how digital media can support, exclude and contain alternative ideas and lived experience.

She works predominantly with data drawn from public digital discussions and online communities, most recently working with data about archaeological sites, ancient DNA and material culture, as well as data on lived experience of people with endometriosis. 

Lorna would welcome applications for postgraduate supervision on any aspect of public archaeology, heritage or digital/social media, or any digital humanities related research.


The Endo Project

Lorna is currently Co-I on 'The Endo Project' a three year research project funded by the Stiftelsen Marcus och Amalia Wallenbergs Minnesfond, with the University of Umeå, Sweden. This project aims to understand how people suffering from endometriosis use the internet and social media to cope with their condition. This work relates to a broader research interest in how embodied health movements are using the affordances of digital media to enable user-driven forms of knowledge gathering, and knowledge production, as well as peer-support practices. 

In this work, the active and emergent endometriosis patient community online is used as an example of what has been called a 'digitally embodied patient movement'. This project contributes to the scholarly understanding of experiential collective knowledge production, as well as the function of self-organised peer support practices through social media for sufferers of chronic illnesses

Academic Background

Lorna has a PhD in Information Studies (2014), funded by the AHRC, from the Centre for Digital Humanities at UCL, titled 'Public Archaeology in a Digital Age'. She also has an MA in Public Archaeology and a BA in Medieval Archaeology from UCL's Institute for Archaeology.

Prior to joining the UEA, Lorna worked as an AHRC Creative Economy Research Fellow at the University of York, as a postdoctoral researcher in the Digital Social Studies Unit, Department of Sociology at the University of Umea, Sweden, and as an AHRC funded visiting researcher at the University of Cambridge Museums.

Lorna is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Post-Medieval Archaeology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, a member of the Association of Internet Researchers, and is an Ethics Officer for the Computer Applications in Archaeology International.

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