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Dr Perla Innocenti

Senior Lecturer

Department: Computer and Information Sciences

I am a cultural heritage scholar and LIS academic deeply engaged with curating, making accessible, and sustainably reusing tangible and intangible heritage via socio-technical means. In addition to being Senior Lecturer in Information Science, I am a happy member of the Northumbria Social Computing Group (NorSC), Athena SWAN Chair, and Equality and Diversity Lead for the Computer and Information Science Department.

Prior to this, I was a Research Fellow 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. 

I am currently investigating articulations between technology and intangible heritage practices, together with ways in which cultural institutions might support the social inclusion of marginalised groups. My work embraces and unites passions focussed around migration, pilgrimage routes, digital technologies for cultural heritage, and not least food traditions, for which I have a particular fondness and interest. A recently published monograph with Routledge is Cultural Networks in Migrating Heritage: Intersecting Theories and Practices across Europe (2015). A recent grant is “A Taste of Home. Understanding and sharing food heritage of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Newcastle”, PI, Arts Council England – Museum University Partnerships Initiative (2017).

My research expertise also encompasses digital preservation methods and technologies, digital libraries, digital interoperability, digital imaging, museum and art history.  

Sponsors for previous funded research as PI and co-I include: European Commission (FP7 SSH, ICT, CIP-ICT); Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation; Arts Council England; Politecnico di Milano, Italy; Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura (CISA) Andrea Palladio, Italy; Istituto Nazionale di Archeologia e Storia dell’Arte (INASA), Italy; Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa and Goppion Laboratorio Museotecnico, Italy. My track record of collaboration for research partnerships, knowledge exchange, and field case studies include ca 150 institutions in UK and in particular internationally, such as universities and research centres; libraries, museums, archives, theatres, cultural centres; research and governmental institutions; European bodies; small, medium and large industries; foundations.

Current PhD students:

  • Principal Supervisor of Kahina Le Louvier: Heritage enactments in a ‘fractured information landscape’: the information experience of people seeking asylum in the North East of England, 2016-2019 (funded by Nourthumbria RDF Research Fellowship)
  • Co-supervisor of Kath Boodai: “Everyday practices of Indian heritageness across diaspora communities”, 2017-2020 (funded by Northumbria RDF Research Fellowship).

Perla Innocenti

Campus Address

Room 101
Pandon Building


  • History of Art PhD From Cultural Heritage to Cultural Heritage Informatics: critically investigating institutions, processes and artefacts (2013) December 03 2013
  • MSc Master in Management and Communication of Cultural Heritage (2000)
  • Art MA Museography between the two World Wars: the project of the Vatican Gallery by Luca Beltrami, 110/110 cum laude (4 years degree, 1999)
  • Member, Royal Historical Society 2018
  • Member, CILIP - The Library and Information Association 2017
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2015
  • Association for Project Management (APM) PRINCE2 2015

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • The Information Mapping Board Game, Le Louvier, K., Innocenti, P. Mar 2019, In: Information Research
  • On Being Spiritual: Pilgrimage as an Information Context, Caidi, N., Innocenti, P. 30 Jun 2018, ISIC 2018: The Information Behaviour Conference
  • A Taste of Home, Innocenti, P. 22 Jan 2018
  • Brexit and New Autochthonic Politics of Belonging, Cassidy, K., Innocenti, P., Burkner, H. 2018, In: Space and Polity
  • Museés et migrations dans une Europe en mouvement, Innocenti, P. 13 Oct 2017, Museé National de l’Histoire de l’Immigration – Les Assise de Réseau, Atelier L’histoire des migrations depuis l’étranger
  • Cultural Networks and Social Inclusion of Migrants in Europe: Heritage, ICT, and Participatory Governance, Innocenti, P. 12 Dec 2016, In: International Information & Library Review
  • Shall we connect? Cultural networks, intercultural dialogue and Jewish museums in a changing Europe, Innocenti, P. 19 Nov 2016, Association of European Jewish Museums (AEJM) Annual Conference 2016
  • The pursuit of authenticity in preserving digital art, Innocenti, P. 24 Apr 2016, 2015 Digital Heritage International Congress, Digital Heritage 2015, Piscataway, NJ, IEEE
  • Safeguarding living heritage in a digital world, Innocenti, P. 28 Jan 2016, Preservation of Intangible Cultural Heritage
  • Cultural connectors for a migrating heritage: museums in contemporary Europe, Innocenti, P. 2016, La percezione e comunicazione del patrimonio nel contesto multiculturale. Convegno finale del progetto di Ateneo = Cross-cultural Doors. The Perception and communication of cultural heritage for audience development and rights of citizenSHIP in Europe, Macerata, Italy, EUM - Edizioni Universita di Macerata

PGR Supervision

Kahina Le Louvier Enacting Heritage in a Complex Information Environment: the Experience of People Seeking Asylum in the Local Community Start: 01/10/2016


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