Dr Antonia Liguori
Lecturer in Applied 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 http://www.dryproject.co.uk/ an interdisciplinary research project, funded by NERC, ESRC, EPSRC, BBSRC and AHRC (2014-2019) under the RCUK Drought and Water Scarcity Programme, with the aim of developing an evidence-based resource for drought risk management in which scientific data and multiple narrative approaches will be brought together to facilitate decision-making processes.
In December 2018 I was appointed to the post of Lecturer in Applied Storytelling.
Since 2008, I have been involved in a variety of international research projects to develop tools and methods to foster innovation in education; to explore the role of storytelling in today's digital world; to investigate and trial ways of using digital storytelling as a participatory methodology for inter-disciplinary research.
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.
Before moving to the UK, I was the coordinator of the Multimedia Department at BAICR Sistema Cultura, in Italy, a consortium of five cultural institutions with the aim of contributing to the enhancement of the historical and cultural heritage through the use of innovative methodologies, communicative approaches and the creation of digital environments.
Over the past five years my research has been focusing on three main strands: applied storytelling on environmental issues; digital storytelling in (cultural/heritage) education; storytelling and urban design. More recently, after having joined HEART - Healing Education Animation Research Therapy, I’ve been exploring digital storytelling as therapeutic intervention.
Applied Storytelling on Environmental Issues
One of the main research projects I’m currently working on is DRY - Drought Risk and You http://www.dryproject.co.uk/ an interdisciplinary research project, funded by NERC, ESRC, EPSRC, BBSRC and AHRC (2014-2019) under the RCUK Drought and Water Scarcity Programme, with the aim of developing an evidence-based resource for drought risk management in which scientific data and multiple narrative approaches will be brought together to facilitate decision-making processes. I am a member of the project team and have been involved at all stages of the research process.
I am a named researcher on I-CMIIST- Implementing Creative Methodological Innovations for Inclusive Sustainable Transport Planning, a British Academy GCRF project, which is currently taking place in Kenya and Uganda, and on PARAMO – Provisioning of ecosystem services And cultuRAl values in the MOntane tropics, a research project funded by NERC and AHRC under the Exploring & Understanding Colombian Bio Resources Programme (2018-2021).
Digital Storytelling in (Cultural/Heritage) Education
Over the past 4 years, I have been leading the Digital Storytelling activities of four EU funded projects (NAR-SPI, DICHE, DIST, EOOL).
As part of DICHE (2016-2018), I wrote a joint research agenda for digital innovation in education in the broader context of 21st century learning and its implications for educational methods and tools. The findings of this research were applied, during my AHRC Fellowship at the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access (March-June 2018), in trialing the use of Digital Storytelling to enhance the 4Cs (Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication and Collaboration) in formal and non-formal education. I’m currently planning additional digital storytelling workshops in Miami (Florida), Washington DC and Baltimore (Maryland) in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution, the Montgomery College and the University of Maryland. As part of this collaboration we are also developing an online community of practice for Digital Storytelling in Education.
Storytelling and Urban Design
In the past 2 years, I have been working with Dr Robert Harland (SL in Visual Culture and Urban Design) to develop a digital archive for symbolic resources in urban environments and trial the use of storytelling to investigate how the built environment and its symbolic (and political) meanings are perceived. I am also currently exploring with a colleague in the Faculty of Architecture some ideas relating to the development of a project on the use of digital storytelling to map community perceptions and behaviours in their neighborhood.
Research Funding (selected)
- 2018-2020 SELAM - Learning self-awareness and self-management to eliminate bullying and create peer support scheme in immigrant concentrated schools. Erasmus + Strategic Partnership KA2; Total budget: € 198.360 [Co-I]
- 03-06 2018 'Storying' the Cultural Heritage: Digital Storytelling as a tool to enhance the 4Cs in formal and informal learning. AHRC IPS at the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA). [PI]
- 2017-2019 DIST – Digital Integration StoryTelling. Erasmus + Strategic Partnership KA2; Total budget: € 204.908 [Co-I]
- 2016-2018 DICHE- Digital Innovation in Cultural and Heritage Education in the light of 21st century learning. Erasmus + Strategic Partnership KA2; Total budget: € 300.533 [Co-I]
- 2015-2017 NAR-SPI - Narrative educational resources for socio-professional inclusion. Erasmus + Strategic Partnership KA2; Total budget: € 195.963 [Co-I]
- 2012-2014 KVALUES - Key competences: Validating Learners’ eDucational ExperienceS. LLP-Multilateral, Total Budget: €375.000 [PI]
- 2012–2014 CETAID - Community Exhibitions as Tools for Individual DevelopmentLLP Grundtvig. Total Budget: €20.000 [Co-I]
In the Spring 2018 I was appointed as Smithsonian Fellow at the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access, in Washington DC (US). The Fellowship was funded by AHRC (International Placement Scheme) and gave me the opportunity to work on the project ‘Storying’ the Cultural Heritage. Digital Storytelling as a tool to enhance the 4Cs in formal and informal learning. Having had access to the Smithsonian digital collections, having explored how the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access is developing new learning resources, having being involved in the SCLDA community programs, represented a unique opportunity to test, both face-to-face and virtually, the effectiveness of digital storytelling to enhance the 4Cs (Creativity, Critical thinking, Collaboration, Communication) in formal and non-formal learning.
In October 2018 I was appointed as Visiting Professor at the University of Roma Tre (Italy) to deliver seminars as part of the International Master in Standards for Museum Education.
Since October 2014, I am an individual member of ENCATC (the European Network on Cultural Management and Cultural Policy Education) http://www.encatc.org/pages/index.php
Since May 2014, I am a member of Acesso Cultura http://acessocultura.org/