Co-Director, Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies
I’m an archival studies scholar and educator based at the University of Liverpool since 2015. Previously, I was Deputy Director of the International Records Management Trust, leading policy and system design projects for records and archives management across Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. My professional background is in public sector information management in the UK and Australia, where I qualified as an archivist and records manager with a Masters in Information Management from Curtin University. I am currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Information Studies at University College London.
My research is concerned with official records, data and power, particularly in post-colonial contexts. Through the Displacements and Diasporas project, I have worked to foster international dialogue around displaced archives. In my work on open government and open data, I have introduced record-keeping principles and techniques into open government policy and data curation to help address information asymmetry. My recent publications include Displaced Archives, an edited volume published in 2017, and I am series editor of the Routledge Studies in Archives series.
I am Chair of the Association of Commonwealth Archivists and Records Managers, Secretary to the International Council on Archives’ (ICA) Africa Programme, an ex-officio member of the ICA’s Programme Commission, and a trustee of the International Records Management Trust. In 2019, I will take up a Faber Arts, Sciences and Humanities Residency in Olot, Catalonia, where I will be working on issues being surfaced by the Refugee Rights in Records project.