Dr Claire Sowton

Communication and Knowledge Exchange Coordinator


Claire Sowton manages communications and knowledge exchange activity for the Centre for Research in Digital Education and Data Education in Schools. Her research focuses on arts education, engagement and evaluation. Claire balances her knowledge exchange work with in interest in data visualisation, supported by a Creative Informatics resident entrepreneur award (2022-2023) to work with data in the creative industries. 

Claire is an Advance HE Fellow and continues to supervise MSc students, undertake consultancy (arts engagement) and project management.

In 2022, Claire completed the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) Engage Academy and Advance HE's Aurora leadership development initiative for women. 

Email:  claire.sowton@ed.ac.uk




PgCert Academic Practice, 2019

PhD, University of Edinburgh, 2014

MSc, University of Edinburgh, 2010

MBA (Cultural Management), Queen Margaret University, 2007

MA (Sociology), University of Aberdeen, 1999


Postgraduate teaching

I have taught on a range of courses since 2014 as Teaching Fellow and as part of the MSc Education and MSc Educational Research programmes of study.

Areas of interest for supervision

MSc Education, MSc Educational Research, MSc Digital Education

Past PhD students supervised

I have supervised postgraduate students focused on a range of subjects including transformative learning, arts and dance education, peer learning, mobile learning.  

Research summary

Digital cultural heritage, Digital and data education, Transformative learning, Knowledge exchange and evaluation

Past research interests

AHRC-funded Artcasting research project (grant number AH/M008177/1), Litlong (School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures), Arts Rooms Research Partnership, ESRC studentship 1+3 doctoral research