Dr Claire Sowton

Communication and Knowledge Exchange Coordinator /Project Manager (Move2Learn), Centre for Research in Digital Education


Claire Sowton is the Project and Communications Manager for the Centre for Research in Digital Education and Project Manager (UK) for the Move2Learn project.  Claire has been associated with the Centre for Research in Digital Education since 2014, taking up her current post in Jan 2018.   Her most recent research has focused on digital and mobile approaches to engagement and evaluation of cultural experience, including the AHRC Artcasting project and Litlong (School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures).  Claire’s professional background working to connect young people (in schools) with arts, creative and cultural activity directly influenced her doctoral study of cultural value in publicly funded (participatory) arts projects.  Email:  claire.sowton@ed.ac.uk. Tel: 0131 651 6548


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 (Education 1A, Education 1B), 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, Cultural management, Digital and data education, Transformative learning

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