I am a Digital Archaeologist and Heritage Practitioner with research interests in User Experience Design and the integration of Values-led and Participatory Design practices in archaeology and heritage. I explore the impact and benefits of embedding values-led and human-centred design methods into the archaeological and heritage sectors, to develop theoretical and practical guidelines for crafting more ethical, critically engaged and sustainable archaeology and heritage practices. Through my research I seek to address key challenges faced by the archaeological and heritage sectors in their ethical commitment to advance and share knowledge of the past, engage with diverse groups of people and provide opportunity for participation and connection with a shared human past.
I am currently a Research Fellow in Digital and Public Archaeology at the Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.
In 2021 I completed my PhD in Archaeology at the University of York. My doctoral research, “Designing digital experiences in archaeology: integrating participatory processes into archaeological practice”, investigated how archaeological practices may benefit from integrating design theory and Participatory Design (PD) approaches into the design process behind the creation of digital resources.
In 2010 I earned my MA in Archaeology from the University of Florence. My thesis was an analytical and systematic study of the Mycenaean archaeological evidences coming from Bronze Age sites in north-eastern Italy.
In 2011 I obtained my MSc in Conservation and Management of Archaeological and Historical Art at the University of Siena. My MSc thesis was focused on the study, cataloguing and analysis of the archaeological findings from the Bronze Age site of Erimi-Laonin tou Porakou (Limassol, Cyprus).
From 2009 to 2018 I worked for the Erimi Archaeological Project as a trench supervisor, project coordinator and 3D modeller.