Doctoral research supervision in digital humanities, with a focus on classics, art history and history, is available in the School of Advanced Study in the following broad areas:

  • Big data for humanities research
  • Born digital data (including web archives and social media)
  • Digital curation and preservation
  • Digital editing
  • Digital epigraphy, papyrology and manuscripts
  • Digital libraries and librarianship
  • Digital prosopography, onomastics and geography
  • Historiography of digital humanities and impact on research
  • Metadata theory
  • Open access policy and practice
  • Search methodologies and information-seeking behaviour

To make an application for a research degree, speak first to Rosemary Lambeth, the Head of Academic Initiatives, School of Advanced Study. Your particular research interest may be able to be supported, even though it is not listed.

Research degrees can be completed on a full-time basis (up to four years) or on a part-time basis (up to seven years).

Before agreeing to accept you, the School will require you to submit a research proposal, so it is worthwhile having this drafted ahead of a formal application. Guidelines on drafting your research proposal.

Once you have contacted the School, you will be put in touch with a potential supervisor. It is important that you discuss your outline research proposal with them, and that you feel you can work together. Your supervisor will discuss any further development or re-focusing of your proposal before the formal application is taken to the relevant Research Degrees Committee for approval.


Below you can see a list of supervisors for Digital Humanities and their supervision areas:

Jonathan Blaney

Project Editor, British History Online



Jonathan is Project Editor for British History Online, as well as working on a range of other digital research projects. He has worked as lexicographer for Oxford University Press and as an editor on the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. He subsequently worked for the Oxford Digital Library, where he was a Text Encoding Reviewer on the Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership and Eighteenth Century Collections Online Text Creation Partnership, and also advised on a number of digitisation projects. His interests include text editing and mark-up schemes such as the TEI; XML; the culture and technology of annotation; and the digital representation of print media.

Jonathan would be interested in supervising doctoral projects on:

  • Historical data
  • Text manipulation
  • Humanities big data
  • The archived web


Gabriel Bodard

Reader in Digital Classics, Insitute of Classical Studies



Gabriel Bodard is Reader in Digital Classics at the ICS since September 2015. He has been the organizer of the Digital Classicist seminar since 2006, and teaches classes and workshops on digital methods for classicists and archaeologists as well as summer schools on digital encoding for ancient epigraphy and papyrology internationally.

Before joining the ICS, he worked for fourteen years in digital humanities at King's College London, specialising in digital epigraphy and collaborating on several major corpora of inscriptions (Aphrodisias, Tripolitania, Cyrenaica, Northern Black Sea) and Papyri ( He is a co-author of the EpiDoc Guidelines for XML encoding of ancient documents and the principal investigator of the Standards for Networking Ancient Prosopographies

Gabriel would be interested in supervising doctoral projects on:

  • Digital editing (especially historical texts such as inscriptions, papyri, manuscripts)
  • XML, TEI, EpiDoc, and digital publishing
  • The impact of digital humanities on scholarship (especially in Classics)
  • Digital prosopography, onomastics and geography
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to objects and the texts written on them
  • Linked open data and ancient or historical sources
  • Digital approaches to teaching, especially language teaching


Philip Carter

Lecturer in Digital History, Institute of Historical Research



Philip is Lecturer in Digital History at the Institute of Historical Research. Before arriving at the Institute, he was Senior Research and Publication Editor at the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and a member of the History Faculty at Oxford University. At the ODNB, he was responsible for the Dictionary’s pre-1800 coverage and for art and architectural content, as well as research projects, institutional partnerships and linking. He was also closely involved with Oxford University Press in the Dictionary’s digital development.

Philip would be interested in supervising doctoral projects on: 

  • Digital publishing
  • Biography and digital history
  • The methodological impacts of digital humanities


Richard Gartner

Digital Librarian, Warburg Institute



Richard is the first Digital Librarian at the Warburg Institute. He has worked as both a practising librarian and an academic specialising in the theory and practice of digital librarianship. His areas of research have concentrated on the creation and curation of digital collections, digital library metadata and the role of digital libraries in scholarship. He also has an active research interest in the potential of digital libraries for enhancing international development.

Previously, Richard served for sixteen years as the Pearson New Media Librarian at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, where he was responsible for the Library's first digitisation projects, the creation of the first twenty collections of the Oxford Digital Library, the introduction of the Internet into the library and its first CD-ROM networks. He has also worked at Dr. Williams’ Library in London where he was responsible for their first digitization project, the conversion of the Surman Biographical index. For six years, he was a lecturer in the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London where he taught and researched digital curation and metadata theory.

Richard would be interested in supervising doctoral projects on: 

  • Digital curation and preservation in theory and practice, particularly the role of metadata and conceptual models
  • Digital libraries and librarianship, including digital library methodologies and techniques, the history of digital libraries, global perspectives on digital libraries and the role of metadata in their construction and maintenance
  • Metadata theory, particularly library and archival metadata (analogue and digital), metadata standards, XML schemas, ontologies and the relationships between metadata, information and knowledge.


Jane Winters

Professor of Digital Humanities, School of Advanced Study



Jane is Professor of Digital Humanities at the School of Advanced Study (and previously Professor of Digital History at the Institute of Historical Research). She is responsible for developing digital humanities in the School. She has led or co-directed a range of digital projects, including most recently Big UK Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities; Digging into Linked Parliamentary Metadata; Traces through Time: Prosopography in Practice across Big Data; the Thesaurus of British and Irish History as SKOS; and Born Digital Big Data and Approaches for History and the Humanities.

Jane is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a member of RESAW (Research Infrastructure for the Study of the Archived Web), the Academic Steering & Advocacy Committee of the Open Library of Humanities, the UK Medical Heritage Library Academic Advisory Group, the Advisory Board of the Digital Preservation Coalition, the Advisory Board of the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure, the Advisory Board of the Academic Book of the Future project, and the Advisory Board of the E-Ark project.

Jane would be interested in supervising doctoral projects on:

  • Big data for humanities research
  • Born digital data, particularly web archives and social media
  • Digital history
  • Digital editing (especially historical texts)
  • The impact of digital humanities on scholarship (especially in history)
  • Open access policy and practice
  • Peer review and methods of evaluation in the digital environment
  • Search methodologies and information-seeking behaviour