Dr Perla Innocenti

Senior Lecturer

Computer and Information Sciences

Personal statement

From October 2019 I am a Senior Lecturer (Associate Prof) in Information Science in  the Department of Computer and Information Sciences (CIS), where I am also member of the Strathclyde iSchool Research Group and Digital Health and Wellness Research Group.  From 2021 I am Chair of the CIS Athena SWAN Team.

My overarching interest is in the field of cultural heritage informatics, which is an interdisciplinary lens for investigating questions relating to preservation, access, and wellbeing in the domain of tangible and intangible heritage.

As Principal and Co-Investigator I have researched these questions in several EU-funded and national grants, and secured more than 1.5 million Euros as institutional budget. I published in peer-reviewed monographs, books, and conference proceedings in the realms of digital preservation for LAMs, digital libraries and repositories, information practices of marginalised groups, digital imaging, museum and art history.  My work is currently focussing on information practices, traditions, and wellness in heritage routes, from walking pilgrimages to hiking routes.

I am supervising PhD students researching information practices in secular and religious pilgrimage routes, assessing ethics risks in information systems, and digital preservation practices in national libraries.  Doctoral proposals related to my areas of interest are welcome.

Prior to joining the University of Strathclyde, I was Senior Lecturer in Information Science, member of the Northumbria Social Computing Group (NorSC), and Athena SWAN Chair at the University of Northumbria. Before that, I was Research Fellow in the School of Cultural and Creative Arts at the University of Glasgow, where I was also awarded my doctorate and led research in several EU-funded projects as PI, Co-I and researcher. In Italy I held a research scholarship on information systems for industrial design at Politecnico di Milano, and coordinated digital libraries’ activities and projects. I also conducted research on museum history and museography with Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Goppion Laboratorio Museotecnico, National Institute of Art and Archaeology in Rome, and the National Gallery in Bologna. 



Has expertise in:

    • Cultural Heritage Informatics
    • Information management
    • Risk assessment and audit for information systems
    • Serious Leisure
    • Digital preservation methods and technologies
    • Digital imaging for cultural heritage
    • Museum and art history


    • Qualitative research methods
    • Mixed-Methods
    • Field Ethnographies
    • User Studies
    • User Centred Design


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), 2015 – present
  • PhD (2013) School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Master in Management and Communication of Cultural Heritage (2000) Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy
  • Four-years degree in Humanities - History of Modern Art (1999) University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy, 110/110 cum laude
  • Certified PRINCE2 (PRojects IN Controlled Environments, version 2) Practitioner, APMG. Registration number P2R/573108


Pilgrim's progress? A field ethnography of multimodal recording, curating, and sharing of the Camino de Santiago experience
Innocenti Perla
Journal of Documentation (2023)
Library based walking groups in Scotland : exploring benefits, challenges, and opportunities
Allan Inga, Innocenti Perla
Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, pp. 1-20 (2023)
Can you feel it? The information behaviour of creative DJs
Munro Keith, Ruthven Ian, Innocenti Perla
Journal of Documentation (2022)
Hiker on trail : information practices in the wild. A mixed methods approach to investigate real-time mobile technology use by long-distance backpackers
Innocenti Perla, Hyatt Ed, Harvey Morgan
Library and Information Science Research Vol 44 (2022)
Exploring information behaviour and meaningful experience amongst hikers on the West Highland Way
Munro Keith, Innocenti Perla, Dunlop Mark
Information Research Vol 27 (2022)
A grounded theory of information exclusion and information inclusion: framing the information experience of people seeking asylum
Le Louvier Kahina, Innocenti Perla
Journal of Documentation (2022)

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Research interests

  • Cultural Heritage Informatics
  • Digital Preservation and Curation
  • Migration and social inclusion
  • Information practices in heritage routes, from walking pilgrimages to hiking routes
  • Ethics challenges in information systems

Professional activities

iPres 2022 - International Conference on Digital Preservation
Member of programme committee
Pilgrim’s Progress? A Field Ethnography of Recording, Curating, and Sharing of the Camino de Santiago Experience
Walking groups in Scottish public libraries: benefits, challenges, and opportunities
Stirring it up. Spaghetti Bolognese and the threshold of authenticities
The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion (Journal)
Editorial board member
Museums and migrations in a changing Europe / Museés et migrations dans une Europe en mouvement

More professional activities


Understand the Impact of Novel Technologies, Social Media, and Perceptions in Countries Abroad on Migration Flows and the Security of the EU & Provide Validated Counter Approaches, Tools and Practices
Innocenti, Perla (Co-investigator)
European Commission, H2020-SU-SEC-2018, 833870, 01/09/19-31/08/22. Dr Perla Innocenti Co-Investigator and Workpackage 4 co-Leader (PI Prof Shaun Lawson). Project coordinator: SYNYO GmbH; 25 partners.
The aim of the PERCEPTIONS project is to identify and understand the narratives and (mis-)perceptions of the EU abroad, assess potential issues related with the border and external security in order to allow better planning and outline reactions and countermeasures.
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2022
Information dynamics in extreme environments: ultra-adventure racing
Innocenti, Perla (Co-investigator)
Internally funded by CIS dept, University of Northumbria. Lead: Ed Hyatt; collaborators: Dr Morgan Harvey, Dr Matt Pointon, and Dr Perla Innocenti. Fieldwork experiment designed to consider human computer interaction, information behaviour, and information retrieval. This is facilitated by studying participants of The Great Outdoors Challenge (TGO) 2019 on their journeys through the Scottish Highlands; a trip which entails cross-country travel in conditions requiring overnight camps and complex navigation.
The project will develop understanding of recreationalist’s human-computer interactions and their impacts via the collection of data sets generated during this event. Data was gathered via satellite trackers and communicators, screen capture of mobile devices, and various associated metrics. This original project brings together research on information behaviour and mobile interface design, search, and interaction.
Publications under way.
Pilgrimage as information context: recording, sharing, and curating experiences in a networked world
Innocenti, Perla (Principal Investigator)
Internally funded by CIS Dept, University of Northumbria. PI Dr Perla Innocenti; co-I in second phase Ed Hyatt and Dr Christina Vasiliou. This ethnographic study on the Camino de Santiago routes is designed to consider the human computer interaction, information behaviour, digital curation practices of pilgrims and implications for co-curated heritage collections. The project originally extends and complements a nascent body of work on pilgrimage in Information Science, Heritage and HCI communities.
Two fieldworks took places between 2018 and 2019 in Spain and France; publications under way.
A Taste of Home. Understanding and sharing food heritage of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Newcastle
Innocenti, Perla (Principal Investigator)
Arts Council England, 01/06/17-31/12/17. Dr Perla Innocenti Principal Investigator.This pilot project aims to gain a preliminary understanding and share food heritage knowledge and practices migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
Project partners: Discovery Museum (TWAM) and Seven Stories | The National Centre for Children's Books. Charities involved: The Comfrey Project and Investing in People and Culture.
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2017
European Museums in an Age of Migration (MeLa)
Innocenti, Perla (Principal Investigator)
European Commission, FP7-SSH, 266757, 01/03/11-28/02/15. Dr Perla Innocenti Principal Investigator.
The aim of MeLa was to define innovative museum practices that reflect the challenges of globalization, mobility and migration. Project Partners:Dip. Progettazione dell'Architettura and Dip. Industrial Design, Arte, Comunicazione e Moda - Politecnico di Milano; CIID - Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design; Department of Curating Contemporary Art - The Royal College of Art; Dip. Studi Americani, Culturali e Linguistici - L'Orientale University of Naples; History of Art - University of Glasgow; Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona; Department "Homme, nature, société" - Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle/Musée de l'Homme; The International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies - Newcastle University.
01-Jan-2011 - 28-Jan-2015
European Collected Library of Artistic Performances (ECLAP)
Innocenti, Perla (Co-investigator)
European Commission, CIP-ICT-PSP, 250481, 01/07/2010-30/06/2013, Dr Perla Innocenti co-Investigator (Co-Principal Investigator (PI Dr John Richards). The aim of ECLAP was to contribute to the production and online dissemination of multilingual European heritage in performing arts, using advanced indexing database and delivery tools. Partners: Dipartimento di Sistemi e Informatica, Universitá degli Studi di Firenze (Lead); AXMEDIATECH S.r.l; Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid (The Netherlands); Dario Fo and Franca Rame Archive; ESMAE-IPP - Escola Superior de Música e das Artes do Espectáculo do Porto; Fondazione rinascimento digitale; The Institute of Polish Culture University of Warsaw; Museu de les Arts Escèniques Institut del Teatre de Barcelona; La Maison du Spectacle; Festival International de Films de Femmes de Créteil;MUZEUM - Ljubljana; National Technical University of Athens; Országos Színháztörténeti Múzeum és Intézet; Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology at the University of Cambridge; Universidad de Castilla La Mancha; History of Art Department, University of Glasgow; Centro Teatro Ateneo, Department of Performing Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art, University of Rome La Sapienza; Department of Theatre Studies, University of Amsterdam
01-Jan-2010 - 30-Jan-2013

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