Welcome to my website! Here you will find information about my research, including details of my publications, presentations and projects. My background is in corpus linguistics (using computational tools to analyse collections of digitised texts) and I am especially interested in how corpus methods can be applied in two particular fields: digital archiving and cyber security. Much of my research over the past ten years has focused on the language of historical ego-documents (personal letters, diaries and first person narratives), exploring how digital technologies (including corpus and visualisation tools) can provide new insights into the lives and experiences of ordinary men and women, as well as giving new perspectives on social, cultural and economic issues of the time. I am especially interested in nineteenth century letters of migration and how TEI markup can be used to interconnect migrant letter archives from around the world.
More recently, I've become interested in how corpus methods of analysis can be used to explore the language surrounding cyber security. I’m currently involved in an EPSRC funded project – Evaluating Cyber Security Evidence for Policy Advice, led my Madeline Carr (UCL) and Siraj Shaikh (CU) – which examines the ways in which cyber evidence is interpreted, evaluated and assessed by policy makers. My role in this project is to use corpus and computational methods of analysis to explore the language of different types of cyber evidence.