Centre Director: Professor Sian Bayne
Centre Co-Directors:
Children & Technology – Dr Andrew Manches
Digital Cultures – Dr Jen Ross
Data Society– Dr Jeremy Knox


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Professor Sian Bayne Professor of Digital Education
Sian Bayne is Professor of Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh and Director of the Centre for Research in Digital Education.
Dr Markus Breines Research Associate
Markus Roos Breines is a Research Associate at the Distance Learning at Scale project.
Dr Peter Evans Senior Teaching Fellow
Pete works in the community media and cultural sectors, especially in formal and non-formal learning initiatives. His research interests are in social media and workplace learning.
Dr Rory Ewins Lecturer in Digital Education
Rory leads on the course ‘Digital education in global context’ and leads and co-tutors on ‘An introduction to digital environments for learning’. His interests include online identity and its implications for academics.
Dr Michael Gallagher Lecturer in Digital Education
Michael works in digital education in development contexts in collaboration with INGOs and universities largely in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. His research focuses on educational mobilities, mobile technology, and the impact on local knowledge practices and communities.
Dr Zayba Ghazali-Mohammed Research Associate
Zayba is a Research Associate on the Move2Learn project at the Centre for Research in Digital Education. Her research interests include cognitive development of young children’s scientific understanding.
Dr Jeremy Knox Lecturer in Digital Education
Jeremy is co-director of the Centre for Research in Digital Education (Data Society) and a Lecturer in Digital Education. His research interests include critical posthumanism and new materialism, and the implications of such thinking for education and educational research.
Dr Andrew Manches Senior Lecturer
Andrew is a Senior Lecturer in Learning Sciences and Director of the Children and Technology group. He is a past ESRC Future Research Leader and now leads the UK side of a $2.4million Science Learning+ project with the US (Move2Learn).
Jamie Menzies Research Assistant
Jamie is the Research Assistant on the Move2Learn Wellcome Trust Institutional Translational Partnership Award (WTiTP) project
Clara O'Shea Associate Lecturer
Clara is an Associate Lecturer in the School of Education teaching on the MSc in Digital Education.
Professor Lydia Plowman Chair in Education and Technology
Lydia is Associate Director of the Scottish Graduate School for Social Science and a member of EPSRC’s Strategic Advisory Network.
Professor Judy Robertson Chair in Digital Learning
Professor Judy Robertson is Chair in Digital Learning at the Moray House School of Education.
Dr Jen Ross Senior Lecturer in Digital Education
Jen is Centre co-director (Digital Cultures), and academic lead of the Digital Cultural Heritage Research Network. Jen's research interests lie in online and open education, digital cultural heritage learning, digital cultures and futures, and online reflective practices.
Dr Philippa Sheail Lecturer in Digital Education
Phil is Programme Director for the MSc in Digital Education. Her research interests are interdisciplinary, based in the area of digital and higher education, but drawing on organisational theory, cultural geography, and social theories of time.
Dr Claire Sowton Project and Communications Manager (CRDE), Project Manager (Move2Learn)
Claire works in two roles in the Centre for Research in Digital Education. Her recent research has focused on digital and mobile approaches to engagement and evaluation of cultural experience, including the AHRC Artcasting project.
Dr Yi-Shan Tsai Research Associate (SHEILA)
Yi-Shan is a co-investigator of a cross-European project – SHEILA (Supporting Higher Education to Integrate Learning Analytics) and a member of the Learning Analytics Policy Task Group at the University of Edinburgh.
Dr Yuchen Wang Research Associate
Yuchen Wang is a research assistant on ‘Lecture Recording for Inclusive Education’. Her research has focused on inclusive education development and the implications of student voice.
Dr Ben Williamson Chancellor's Fellow, Edinburgh Futures Institute
Ben is based in the Centre for Research in Digital Education though affiliated to Edinburgh Futures Institute. Ben's research examines the intersections of digital technologies, science, and data with education policy and governance.

Centre Administrator

Angela Hunter
Angie organises all aspects of the day-to-day running of the Centre for Research in Digital Education


Kate Farrell Director of Curriculum Development and Professional Learning, Data Education in Schools
Kate is developing a data science curriculum for the Data Education in Schools project.
Tommy Lawson Schools Technology Advisor
Tommy works in the Centre on the Data Education in Schools project with a focus on empowering learners through digital solutions.
Jo Spiller Strategic Programme Director, Data Education in Schools
Jo works on the Data Education in Schools project with overall responsibility for the operational and strategic development of the programme

Honorary Scholars

Professor Jeff Haywood Emeritus Professor of Education & Technology
Dr Hamish Macleod Honorary Fellow
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Professor Tim O'Shea Professor Emeritus, The University of Edinburgh
Dr Christine Sinclair Honorary Fellow

Doctoral students