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Dr Antonia Liguori

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Research Associate in Applied Digital Storytelling

I joined Loughborough University - School of the Arts, English and Drama as Research Assistant in November 2014 to work on Drought Risk and You (DRY) Project with a focus on digital storytelling.

I have a PhD in History and Computer Science from the University of Bologna and a Masters in Contemporary History from the University of Rome. I am also a journalist and a Web content and SEO manager.

Since January 2006, I have coordinated the Multimedia Department at BAICR Sistema Cultura, a Consortium of five cultural institutions with the aim of contributing to the enhancement of the Italian historical and cultural heritage through the use of innovative methodologies, communicative approaches and the creation of digital environments.

My role in Drought Risk and You (DRY) Project, a research funded by NERC, ESRC, EPSRC, BBSRC and AHRC (2014-2017), consists in conducting practice-led research through community digital storytelling workshops and follow-up support activities with various stakeholder groups. DRY Project integrates arts, humanities and social science research methods, with hydrological, meteorological, agricultural and ecological science knowledge and aims at developing a narrative-science resource in a multi-stakeholder decision-making utility for drought risk management.

From September 2015 to March 2018, I’m involved together with Professor Wilson in DICHE Project (Digital Innovation in Cultural and Heritage Education in the light of 21st century learning) funded under the Erasmus+ Programme, Strategic Partnership KA2.
Project objectives are:

  • Set up a partnership of experts in the fields of education and digital innovation in school education;
  • Share experiences and best practices regarding digital innovation in cultural (heritage) education;
  • Develop a joint agenda for digital innovation in school education in the broader context of 21st-century-learning and its implications on educational methods and tools;
  • Run one or more pilot activity

From October 2015 to September 2017, I’m participating at NAR-SPI Project (Narrative educational resources for socio professional inclusion), another KA2 funded under Erasmus+. The main innovation of this project lies in the targeted use of different forms of narratives during the learning process. Professor Wilson and I will share with partners our expertise in digital storytelling and will run some workshops abroad.

Over the last two years I’ve been part of a LLP Grundtvig Learning Partnership CETAID – Community Exhibitions as Tools for Adults' Individual Development with professionals from museums and heritage sites in Europe with the aim of debating, sharing ideas and innovative practices around the problems museums and cultural institutions have to deal with when engaging with their diverse audiences, visitors and communities.

From the beginning of 2013, I’ve been working in a narrative research at transnational level to understand how to adapt the digital storytelling methodology in different contexts (both social and cultural) and to verify step by step the effectiveness of self-evaluation and the possible use of digital storytelling as a tool to guide adults to self-evaluate their competencies.

As researcher at the University of Salerno (2011-2012), I was a key member of the team working on reviewing the contents, developing and updating a website about Russian Intellectuals in Italy. I’ve also worked for several years on a national project, Archivi del Novecento ( that has involved archives about the History of the 20th Century from different fields (many of those were scientific archives) and Universities.

I’ve been part of a research project led by the University of Cassino (2010) and I’ve focused my research on politics and consensus after the Second World War.

During my PhD in History and Computer Science, at the University of Bologna (Department of History, 2002-2005), I worked in an interdisciplinary team in order to carry out studies for the virtual reconstruction of historic cities, taking in consideration social, political, demographic, artistic and cultural aspects.

I'm very interested in social history, local memories and digital storytelling.

Since October 2014, I am an individual member of ENCATC (the European Network on Cultural Management and Cultural Policy Education)

Since May 2014, I am a member of Acesso Cultura

I've often been abroad to present the digital storytelling process as a tool for the self-evaluation of transversal skills: in May 2014, in Athens, at the International conference of Digital Storytelling, and in Budapest, during the final conference of CETAID (Community Exhibitions as Tools for Adults' Individual Development); in September 2014, I was one of the speaker at the annual conference of ENCATC (the European Network on Cultural Management and Cultural Policy Education).

Over the last four years I’ve taught Web Content and Search Engine Optimization at the Academy of Arts and New Technologies in Rome

Every year I teach on the Master's degree in Indexing of paper documents and electronic media in the digital environment, organized by the Faculty of Literature, University of Rome "Tor Vergata". Here my focus is on supporting librarians and archivists in improving the functionality of database and archives in terms of findability of information and usability.

I’ve taught also on the Master's degree in Economics of culture: political, governance and management, organized by CEIS - Centre for International Studies on the Economy and Development, Faculty of Economics, University of Rome "Tor Vergata"; and on the Master's degree in Economy and Development of Cultural Institutions, organized by the Faculty of Political Science at the University Roma Tre.

In 2012, I was the curator of the exhibition “Luce su Littoria” and I've collected memories and short films about the local history of one of the “new cities” founded in Italy during the fascism.

As a journalist from 2000, I’ve been writing for different international and local newspapers (namely, La Gazzetta dello Sport and Il Settimanale di Latina) and working as press officer to promote cultural events with a wider range of stakeholders, general public and local communities. I also have experience of developing communication strategies of a number of public health offices and hospitals.