I am currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at Studio Europa, Maastricht University. My research focuses on the creative practices for developing and evaluating interactive digital narratives for nonfiction genres. I am particularly interested in transmedia for cultural heritage, tourism, public history, and digital humanities projects.
My PhD is in Digital Humanities from Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) and it was funded by the ADAPT Centre – The Global Centre for Excellent in Digital Content Technologies. I have a Master of Arts in Communications and Technology from the University of Alberta (Canada). After submitting my thesis, I completed a Visiting Research Fellowship at the Centre for Contemporary History at the University of Luxembourg where I worked on developing a plan for a mobile application associated with the Remixing Industrial Pasts project.
My current postdoctoral research:
As part of the Working on Europe programme and my focus on the theme of Identity, Heritage and the Citizens’ Perspective, I am investigating the emerging concept of creative placemaking and how the techniques can be used to contribute to storytelling about the heritage and identity of citizens in the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion.
My work is supported not only by colleagues in Studio Europa, but also by my interdisciplinary collaborations within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage) as well as the Faculty of Science and Engineering (Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering).
Areas of Expertise:
- media theory
- digital/interactive media
- transmedia storytelling (e.g., iDocs, locative mobile apps, interactive web exhibitions)
- multimedia creative production
- communications studies
- big data analysis (e.g., user-generated content, digital archives)
- digital humanities
- cultural heritage
- public history
On the Chron-nicoles blog, I write about academia, heritage, culture, tourism and storytelling.