Nicole Paula Meehan
  • KY16 9AJ

    United Kingdom

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Research overview

After working in the cultural sector in digital and engagement focused roles (Historic Environment Scotland, Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, National Galleries Scotland), I joined the School of Art History, teaching predominantly on the Museum and Heritage Studies programme.  

My research and teaching focuses on the uses of digital technology in museums.  I think broadly about the advantages and limitations of such technologies, and the impact of this upon diverse audiences.  Specifically I am interested in the digital museum object, positioning it as a generative and polyvocal object that is valuable in its own right.  I examine the complex networks of interactions around these objects, as they exist in (post)digital ecologies. 

Recently I have drawn upon intersectional internet theory to consider matters of digital access and digital exclusion, paying particular attention to digital colonialism.  Current research examines the value-based judgements enacted by museums in the use of digital technologies in relation to the climate crisis.

Current projects include the funded Visualising Transnational Museology online resource, and the open access data visualisation inspired exhibition Investigating Indentured Servitude: Visualizing Experiences of Colonial America undertaken during a digital humanities fellowship at the American Philosophical Society.

Profile Keywords

digital museum objects; digital access and engagement; museum education; cultural memory; digital humanities; decolonising digital spaces; environmental cost of digital technologies

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

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