Currently, Hannah is SRUC‘s Senior Challenge Research Fellow & Data Policy Lead. Hannah’s applied research and development work is grounded in interdisciplinary Participatory Action Research, which is practice-led, rather than practice-based, and typically helps to create actionable knowledge with participants. Digital and data innovations and their impacts are the subjects of research projects. You can find out more about her academic research projects, publications, activities, prizes, press and media and awards.
Hannah was Honorary Fellow at Durham University between 2015-19, and ran a live citizen science experiment at the UK’s Centre for Life. As part of a team of researchers, Hannah brought expertise in digital information systems as research tools and participatory action research methods to the Designing for Creativity and Innovation in Informal Science Learning project. So far, the project is having impact in society through its knowledge exchange via presentations for international informal science learning practitioners at the Association of Science and Technology Centres Conference in 2016, and has impact in the academy through publications such as the Informal Learning Review, book chapters and academic journals.
From 2011 – 2015, Hannah undertook PhD research at the Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation at Edinburgh Napier University’s School of Computing. The doctoral research studied the concepts, methodologies, and tools of The AmbITion Approach, and validated it as a framework for business transformation of the creative industries in a digital age. A new theoretical and conceptual framework called Participatory Transformation has emerged from the work. You can read and download the thesis (please reference it: Rudman, H. (2015) A framework for the transformation of the creative industries in a digital age. Ph.D., Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh.):
Hannah’s original interdisciplinary research interest was in organisational transformation and exploring how enterprises that are impacted by digital disruptions can successfully and sustainably transform. The work crosses the fields of Information Systems (IS), Business and Management, Design, and creative practice, and is undertaken through the qualitative, interpretive, mixed methodologies of participatory action research, using digital information systems as research tools.
June 2015: “A framework for the transformation of the incumbent creative industries in a digital age”, presented at the 10th International Forum on Knowledge Asset Dynamics, 10-12 June, Bari, Italy.
July 2014: “Methodologies for a Framework for Emerging Technology Management“, peer-reviewed paper presented at iFutures 2014, Sheffield University.
March 2014: ‘Co-opetition: facilitating peer learning for knowledge exchange via The AmbITion Approach’, paper presented at Beyond The Campus: Higher Education and the Creative Economy, Glasgow University.
November 2013: This longer paper considers the changes in the cultural and creative industries since digital technologies began disrupting the sector through their continuous emergence. It is a literature and policy analysis which reveals a worrying trend: that as digitalisation continues, the arts, culture and heritage sub-sectors of the creative industries are being pushed to the very edges of the sector definition originally set up to protect their interests.