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Claire Warwick is a Professor of Digital Humanities in the Department of English at Durham University. Her research is concerned with the way that digital resources, including artificial intelligence techniques, are used in the humanities and cultural heritage and in reading behaviour in physical and digital spaces. She has recently completed a monograph: Digital Humanities and the Cyberspace Decade: A World Elsewhere. She has led and co-investigated several digital humanities research projects, including the AEOLIAN network, which considered the potential for the application of AI to archives and cultural heritage. She collaborates widely, especially with researchers in Canada and the USA and gave the closing plenary lecture for the DH2016 conference. She has served on various advisory boards in digital humanities, for example the British Library's BL Labs and was a member of the Conseil Scientifique du Campus Condorcet in Paris.

She was previously Pro-Vice-Chancellor: Research at Durham from 2014- 2019 and served as chair of the Russell Group PVCRs working group. Before coming to Durham, she was Head of UCL Department of Information Studies, and director of the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, and began her academic career as a lecturer at Sheffield University’s iSchool. Her PhD, from Cambridge, was in English Literature, followed by a postdoctoral position at Oxford University’s Humanities Computing Unit and Faculty of English.

She has supervised PhDs on a range of topics in digital humanities, including web comics, digital newspapers, digital novels and digital publishing more generally, and the use of data science techniques for museum engagement. She would welcome enquiries from potential PhD students or visiting scholars wishing to work on a topics relevant to the application of digital techniques to literary studies, and to the humanities and cultural heritage more broadly, or to the study of digital phenomena, such as social media or AI. 

Research interests

  • Digital Humanities
  • Digital reading
  • User studies and human computer interaction
  • History of cyberspace
  • Digital cultural heritage studies


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