Associate Professor in Museum Studies
University of Leicester
Dr Ross Parry is Associate Professor in the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester (UK).
In 2008 he was one of the team of nine academics whose submission to the national Research Assessment Exercise produced the highest proportion of world-leading research in any subject in any UK university. In 2005 he was made a HIRF Innovations Fellow for his work on developing in-gallery digital media, and in 2009 was made a Tate Research Fellow. From 2008 to 2011 he was elected chair of the national Museums Computer Group, and from 2004 to 2010 co-convened the annual 'UK Museums on the Web' (UKMW) conferences. He has also and sat on the national JISC Content Advisory Group. He served on the International Scientific Advisory Board for ‘Learning 2.0’ managed by DREAM (the Danish Research Centre on Education and Advanced Media Materials) at the University of Southern Denmark, where in 2012 he was visiting professor. Ross is currently Chair of Trustees for the Jodi Mattes Trust (for accessible digital culture).
Ross is the author of 'Recoding the Museum: Digital Heritage and the Technologies of Change' (Routledge 2007), the first major history of museum computing, and in 2010 published 'Museums in a Digital Age' (Routledge). He is currently working on a work entitled 'Museums and Makebelieve' - which will attempt to be a postdigital history of illusion and artificiality in the museum.
Ross has recently been co-investigator on two research projects funded by the UK's Arts and Humanities Research Council. The first (with Prof. Richard Clay, University of Newcastle) entitled 'CATH (Collaborative Arts Triple Helix)' has supported a series of brokered partnerships between small businesses, small cultural organisations and Universities, in an attempt to understand how Knowledge Exchange and collaborative research works across these sectors. The second (with Dr Ruth Page, University of Birmingham), entitled ‘Transforming Thresholds’, has been investigating museum foyers and entrance spaces and the media used within them.
Ross is also currently supervising a number of PhD students, investigating: museums, pop music culture and the web (Kathleen Pirrie Adams); methods to measures the impact of museums in social media (Elena Villaespesa); the impact of convergent media on digital production in museums (Peter Annhernu; models for cultivating innovation with digital media in museums (Haitham Eid); analysing the maturity of museums' data systems (Lauren Vargas); evaluating the impact of multi-user and multi-sensory in-gallery interactives (Jingyu Peng); and how museums can use the Web as a resource (Blaire Moskowitz). Previously, he has supervised PhDs on: the use of mobile media for curating everyday life (Dr Kostas Arvanitis); the use of podcasting in museums (Dr Lena Maculan); museums' display of sacred and devotional objects online (Dr Alex Whitfield); and the sustainability of public-facing digital resources in museums (Dr Jeremy Ottevanger); the evolution of design of in-gallery digital media for children (Dr Amy Hetherington); and the history of collecting computer-based technology at the Smithsonian Institution (Dr Petrina Foti).