Professor Siân Bayne

Professor of Digital Education


I am Professor of Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh and Assistant Principal Education Futures.

I Direct the Centre for Research in Digital Education.


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

Responsibilities & affiliations

Director, Centre for Research in Digital Education

Assistant Principal Education Futures

Postgraduate teaching

MSc in Digital Education

MSc Education Futures

Doctoral supervision

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I am interested in taking PhD students who are interested in critical approaches to digital education and education futures.

Current PhD students supervised

Stuart Allan: Enactments of digital pedagogy in an international online MBA

Fuji Lyu: Ethics education using game theory

Meenakshi Mani: EdTech engineers and the making of machine learning in education

David Reid: Exploratory user interfaces for remote laboratories in engineering education

Nishat Tasneem: From digital exclusion to digital inclusion: a research study exploring the processes and impacts which make a difference for marginalised households

Siqi Wang: Ethical considerations for the use of artificial intelligence in education

Chen Wu: China’s double reduction policy and its impacts on local practices: an ethnographic study

Past PhD students supervised

Michela Clari: In the hands of the user: changing patterns of participation and learning through the digital collections of the Commission on the Ancient and Historical Museums of Scotland

Noreen Dunnett: Re-imagining disengagement from learning: the sociomaterial practices of classrooms and digital game spaces

Peter Evans: The impacts of social media applications on the theory and practices of work based learning

Christopher Hambley: Learning space design and the negotiation of power

Srećko Joksimović: An analytics-based approach to the study of learning networks in digital education settings

Jeremy KnoxCritical posthumanist perspectives on the open educational resources movement

James LambMeaning beyond words: multimodal assessment practices in the humanities and social sciences

Lulu Mahai: An ethnographic comparison of rural and urban students’ experiences of the Open University of Tanzania

Diego Rates: Learning Analytics in UK Higher Education

Jen RossOnline reflective practices and performances in Higher Education

Philippa Sheail: The ‘edgeless university’ and the ‘extensible self’: institution and identity in online distance education

Research summary

My research is interdisciplinary, focused on critical approaches to digital education and education futures.

Affiliated research centres

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