Professor Siân Bayne

Personal Chair of Digital Education


I am Professor of Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh, based in the Moray House School of Education. I direct the Centre for Research in Digital Education and teach on the MSc in Digital Education.

Centre for Research in Digital Education


  • MA (Hons) English Literature
  • PhD 'Learning Cultures in Cyberspace'

Postgraduate teaching

MSc in Digital Education

Doctoral supervision

E-learning and Digital Cultures MOOC

Areas of interest for supervision

I am open to discussion with potential PhD students interested in conducting research on topics listed in the research tab and other aspects of online education.

Current PhD students supervised

  • Phil Sheail- The digital university: translocal, transtemporal
  • Christopher Hambley- Spatial theory and the Media Hub
  • Peter Evans- The imapact of social media on professional learning
  • Clara O'Shea- Kinds of learning and kinds of play: an exploration of identity development in formal and informal learning
  • Yousef Nassif- Electronic literacy: a case study in the Syrian context
  • James Lamb

Past PhD students supervised

  • Jeremy Knox- Critical Posthuman perspectives on the Open Educational Resource movement
  • Michela Clari- In the hands of the user: changing patterns of participation and learning through the digital collections of the Royal Commmission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland
  • Jen Ross- Online reflective practices and performances in Higher Education

Research summary

My research is focused on critical approaches to teacher automation, open and distance education, and the application of theories of critical posthumanism to digital education. 

Project activity

For current and recent research projects, please see the Centre for Research in Digital Education website.

Centre for Research in Digital Education website

View all 44 publications on Research Explorer