Projects (current)


  • 100 Voices that made the BBC

    A series of themed websites exploring the role of the BBC in the history of the nation. Previously unseen images and footage from the BBC oral history archives are accompanied by rich curation and commentary from historians and others, helping to open up these fascinating archives to the wider public. Part of the BBC Connected Histories project.

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  • BBC Connected Histories

    David Hendy is joined by Tim Hitchcock, Margaretta Jolly, Alban Webb, and Anna-Maria Sachini

    BBC Connected Histories is a ground-breaking collaboration between the BBC and the Sussex Humanities Lab, creating a new digital catalogue of hundreds of rarely seen audio and video interviews with former BBC staff – from those in the corridors of power to those at the broadcasting coal face.

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  • Capturing & Preserving the Copts' intangible cultural heritage in Eygypt

    PI: Mariz Tadros (IDS) 

    Partner Organisations:

    • (BLESS) Coptic Orthodox Bishopric of Social Services
    • (CASC) Coptic Association for Social Care in Minya
    • (CCC) Coptic Culture Centre
    • (SHL) Sussex Humanities Lab at University of Sussex (James Baker)

    The Coptic Culture Conservation Collective (CCCC) initiative will create a narrative and visual archive of contemporary Coptic intangible cultural heritage (ICH).

    Funded by the British Council

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  • CEPOL - Communication Power of Politicians in a Digital Age & Consequences for Participation & Democracy

    PI: Kari Steen-Johnsen, Institute of Social Research, Oslo
    Partner: Klaus Johannsen, Uni Research, Bergen
    Partner: Andrew Salway, SHL
    Partner: Cristian Vaccari, Loughborough University

    Digitalization challenges the traditional role of mass media as gatekeepers and distributors of political information in the public sphere. Thus new opportunities open up for politicians to set the agenda and communicate with voters. The CEPOL project will study the implications of this development for representative, deliberative and participatory democracy by studying politicians' agenda setting and framing powers vis-a-vis citizens, and citizens' use of this type of political information.

    Funded by the Institute for Social Research

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  • Communicating Climate Risk

    PI: Martine Barons (Warwick)

    Co-I: Jo Walton (SHL), Polina Levontin (Imperial), Mark Workman (Imperial)

    Funding provider: COP26 Universities Network


  • Capturing the Past

    PI: Tim Hitchcock

    Co-I: Ben Jackson 

    Funding provider: AHRC 

    start: Nov 2021 end: May 2022
  • Feedback Musicianship

    PI: Chris Kiefer

    Co-I: Dan Overholt (Aalborg)

    Funding provider; AHRC Network

    Further information 

  • FACT///.

    Co-founding members: Sharon Webb & Cecile Chevalier

    The FACT///. network (Feminist Approaches to Computational Technology) seeks to promote dialogue and collaboration, and to support diverse voices in transdisciplinary computational thinking and environments.

    Funded by CHASE

    link to blog

  • Full Stack Feminism in Digital Humanities

    PIs: Dr Sharon Webb, Dr Jeneen Naji (Irish Co-PI, Maynooth University)

    Co-Is:Dr Cecile Chevalier (Sussex), Dr Irene Fubara-Manuel (Sussex), Dr Katherine Nolan (TU Dublin), Dr Kylie Jarrett (MU)

    Funding Provider: AHRC - Irish Research Council

    Further information

  • Hacking Your Way to IT Literacy

    PI: Annika Richterich (SHL)

    'Hacking Your Way to IT Literacy: What digital societies can (and need to) learn from digital learning in hackerspaces' uses digital ethnography and other methods to explore how informal learning takes place in hacker- and makerspaces. Commencing in late 2019, this research has engaged in particular with how hacker- and makerspaces have learned from and responded to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

    Funded by MSCA

    link to blog

  • Making African Connections

    PI: JoAnn McGregor (SHL)
    Co-I: James Baker (University of Southampton)

    The Making African Connections project researches historic African collections held in Sussex and Kent museums with the aim of furthering both conceptual and applied debates over decolonising public institutions. 

    Funded by AHRC

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  • Mass Observation and the Digital Archive

    PI: Rebecca Wright, Research Fellow in Mass Observation Studies

    A project examining how digital humanities methods can transform how the Mass Observation archive is approached and utilised.

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  • Networking technology and the experience of ensemble music-making

    PI: Ed Hughes (SHL Associate)
    Co-Is: Alice Eldridge and Chris Kiefer (SHL)

    The initial project ran from 1 Sept 2015 to 31 March 2016 and explored whether networking technology can help more people access the benefits of ensemble music-making in schools and community settings, and was featured in the Brighton Science Festival in February 2016.

    The project has recently been awarded follow-on funding from the AHRC to develop and release their dynamic, networked notation software as a series of iOS and android apps.

    Funded by AHRC

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  • Reanimating Data: Experiments with People, Places & Archives

    This project uses archival methods to fold 1988 into 2018 - with teenage sexuality providing a focus for critical digital pedagogy and feminist time travel.

    PI: Rachel Thomson (SHL)
    Co-Is: I Niamh Moore (Edinburgh), Sharon Webb (SHL), Alison Ronan (Feminist Webs)
    Research Fellow: Ester McGeeney

    Funded by UKRI

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    further information

  • Sensing Wild Spaces

    The WILDSENS projects aims to integrate ecoacoustic and participatory walking methods to create maps of wilderness spaces for use by conservation actors and agencies. We are exploring ways to integrate geophysical, acoustic and ecological data with human perceptions and attitudes to wild landscapes to support better environmental decision making in the future.

    PI: Alice Eldridge (SHL)

    Co Is: Dr Roger Norum (Independent researcher (anthropology) Jonathan Carruthers-Jones (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Doctoral Research Fellow, ENHANCE-ITN, University of Leeds)

    Conservation of wilderness areas is essential for future planetary and human well-being. Effective conservation policy planning must be evidence-based and represent the needs of human and non-human species alike, but methodologies that integrate ecological, geophysical and ethnographic appraisals are lacking. Traditionally, research methods that attempt to capture the diversity of complex knowledge about wilderness areas have relied upon standard methodological tools from human and physical geography (e.g. GIS, PPGIS, etc.). The WILDSENS project aims to develop innovative methods that will enable the creation of more inclusive, comprehensive and robust maps of dynamic wilderness spaces, ensuring that the voices of multiple actors are heard and represented in conservation efforts. Our key innovation is to develop ecoacoustic and participatory mapping methodologies to enable the integration of qualitative and quantitative data from ecological, geophysical and ethnographic appraisals.


  • Sonic Writing: Technologies of Musical Expression, Notation and Encoding

    PI: Thor Magnusson

    The Sonic Writing research project explores work and practices using new technologies for musical expression. Through tracing the historical conditions of material and symbolic design in three interconnected strands of inscription - instruments, notation, and phonography - the project studies how established techniques are translated into new methods of musical composition and performance in digital musical media.

    Funded by AHRC 

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  • Sussex Surveillance Group

    Current members of the Sussex Surveillance Group: Duncan Edwards (IDS); Gordon Finlayson (HAHP); Paul Lashmar (MFM); Chris Marsden (LPS); Erik Millstone (SPRU); Ioann Maria Stacewicz (SHL); Judith Townend (LPS);  Alban Webb (SHL); Dean Wilson (LPS).

    The Sussex Surveillance Group (SSG) – a cross-university network established in 2016 – runs a programme of interdisciplinary workshops and seminars that brings together academics from journalism, history, philosophy, geography, law, sociology, criminology, informatics, psychology, politics, international development and digital humanities and Mass Observation. We explore critical approaches to understanding the role and impact of surveillance techniques, their legislative oversight and systems of accountability in the countries that make up what are known as the ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence alliance (United Kingdom, America, Canada, New Zealand, Australia), and identify lessons to be learnt by developing countries in the process of building surveillance capabilities. In this, we are motivated by three interrelated concerns. In what ways are surveillance practices changing public, corporate and governmental behaviour and what are the implications for democratic society? How are digital technologies and computational cultures reconceptualising the role and purpose of surveillance in the Twenty-First Century? What effective mechanisms of accountability are available to scrutinize and monitor surveillance activities?

    The SSG emerged from two ‘masterclass’ seminars supported by the Sussex Humanities Lab and organised by Dr Paul Lashmar (MFM) and Dr Alban Webb (SHL) in 2016. The first seminar, featuring investigative journalist Duncan Campbell and former NSA Technical Director and whistle-blower William Binney, examined bulk data collection in the context of the UK Investigatory Powers Bill (now Act).  At the second, Dr Lina Dencik (Cardiff University) reported on the impact of the Snowden intelligence leaks, three years on. 

    In addition: the moral implications of personal bulk data collection were explored at a seminar convened by the Sussex Centre for Social and Political Thought; Dr Paul Lashmar is Co-Investigator on the ESRC-funded Data Psst! Network; and Dr Judith Townend (LPS) leads, with Guardian Media Group, research involving an expert group of journalists, NGOs and policy-makers and lawyers, which has led to a report on surveillance and journalistic source protection that was launched in Parliament in February 2017.

  • Text Analysis Group (TAG)

    The TAG laboratory was co-founded by Professor David Weir and Dr Jeremy Reffin. We have a team of 14 PhD students and research fellows. See here for further details.

    TAG is part of a long line of AI research at Sussex, starting in the 1960's. We conduct research in NLP, the analysis of text and language by computers, and apply these technologies to the interpretation of text documents, social media and other communications, working with business, government and others.

    link to TAG projects

  • The Invisible Women - Developing a Feminist Approach to Film Archive Metadata and Cataloguing

    PIs: Prof. Keith Mark Johnston, University of East Anglia, Dr Sarah Arnold, Maynooth University

    Co-Is:Dr Sharon Webb (Sussex), Dr Lorna Richardson (UEA), Kasandra O'Connell (Irish Film Archives)

    Funding provider: AHRC - Irish Research Council

  • The Lysander Flights: A story told through digital cartography

    Developing innovative methods to explore and curate historical data relating to objects and people in space and time. Watch this space for further information.

  • The Poor Law: Small Bills and Petty Finance

    PI: Alannah Tomkins (Keele)
    Co-I: Tim Hitchcock (Sussex)
    Research Fellow: Louise Falcini (Sussex)
    Research Associate: Peter Collinge (Keele)

    In collaboration with volunteer researchers this project investigates the lives of those concerned with the Old Poor Law through a little used class of records – overseers’ vouchers

    Funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

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  • Tools of Knowledge

    PI: Prof Liba Taub (Cambridge University)
    Co-I: Dr Alexander Butterworth (Sussex)
    Co-I: Dr Rebekah Higgitt (National Museums Scotland) 
    Co-I: Dr Boris Jardine
    Co-I: Dr Joshua Nall

    The project ‘Tools of Knowledge: Modelling the Creative Communities of the Scientific Instrument Trade, 1550-1914’.based in the Whipple Museum at the University of Cambridge, will begin on 1 Jan 2021.

    Working with an interdisciplinary team, 'Tools of Knowledge' will apply cutting-edge methods of digital analysis to data on almost four centuries of the scientific instrument trade in Britain. The project will provide highly accessible information on the history of science, specifically as it relates to commerce, industry, teaching, and questions of local, national and international geography.

    It will be grounded in the existing Scientific Instrument Makers, Observations and Notes (SIMON) dataset due to Dr Gloria Clifton and held by the National Maritime Museum, comprising more than 10,000 records on individual instrument makers and firms from Great Britain and Ireland. The project is in partnership with Royal Museums Greenwich and the Science Museum, London.

    In this time when so many people everywhere are working digitally, Tools of Knowledge will provide quick information in addition to deep context on thousands of objects in museum collections all around the world.

    Funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

  • WILDSENS - Making Inclusive Wilds

    PI: Roger Norum (Oulu)

    Co-I: Eldridge(SHL), Carruthers-Jones (Leeds), Hassal (Leeds)

    Funding provider: INTERACT

    Further information


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