Dr Tait is an interdisciplinary academic interested in: digital curation, heritage, political participation and the socio-cultural impact of technology.
Before joining RMIT in 2018 she worked as a lecturer/senior lecturer at Robert Gordon University in Scotland and a Research Fellow in the dot.rural Digital Economy Hub at the University of Aberdeen.
She is an active researcher and have worked on large multi-partner projects in areas such as: Cultural Heritage, Transport Policy and Labour Market Studies. She has been a chief or co-investigator on research grants from funding bodies such as: Horizon 2020, RCUK, INTERREG, Heritage Lottery Fund and ERDF.
Dr Tait collaborates extensively with researchers from other disciplines including Computing Science, Communications and Media and Built Environment Visualisation. She is also an experienced reviewer for high-ranking journals and for grant applications for the UK Arts and Humanities Peer Review college.
Research Funding Awards
- Civitas-Portis (2016-present). This is a large multi-partner European project looking at sustainable mobility in port cities for economic and community enhancement. The project is funded by Horizon 2020. RGU award GBP 412000. (Co-Investigator)
- Smart Peripheral and Remote Airports (2015-2017). Funded by Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme. The project aims to heighten awareness of the importance to rural and remote communities of local air services and to use innovative technologies to make them as cost effective and environmentally friendly as possible. RGU award GBP 165000. (Co-Investigator)
- Castle to Cathedral to Cashmere. (2015-2017). The project was to facilitate heritage-led economic development through various mediums ranging from website with mobile technology, 3D interactive model, 3D high definition scanning, interpretation at over 25 sites, signage, public realm / access works to activity and events programme. The project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund RGU award GBP 25000. (Co-Investigator)
- New Radicals? Youth Digital Engagement in post-referendum Scotland (2014-2015). The project investigated youth engagement with politics in the aftermath of the Scottish Independence referendum with a particular focus on the lowering of the voting age to 16 and the use of digital technologies. The project was funded by RCUK Digital Economy- Communities and Culture Network+ Award GBP 29960. (Co-Investigator)
- Bring Your Own Heritage (2014-2015). The project investigated community engagement with advanced technologies including 3D laser scanning and visualization for local built environment heritage. The project was funded by the RCUK Digital Economy - IT as a Utility Network+ Award GBP45525 (Principal [Chief] Investigator)
- Community engagement and participation with 3-D cultural heritage visualisations (2014). This was a small seed grant to do a proof of concept project to develop a workflow for 3D laser scanning and visualization in built heritage research. It was funded by the RCUK Digital Economy- Communities and Culture Network+ Award GBP 4502 (Principal Investigator)
- Social Networking Analysis Training (2012) I was awarded funding to run training on social network analysis for researchers in our research centre. It was funded by ESRC Digital Social Research Fund Award GBP 3500. (Principal Investigator)
- Tracking Digital Impact (2012). A project to develop a toolkit to help researchers to track and monitor the impact of their research. The project was funded by JISC Award GBP 26000 (Principal Investigator)
- Reviews Editor Journal of Librarianship and Information Science
- Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) Peer Review College
- Matheson, M.,Tait, E.,Reynolds, S. (2020). Checking the Pulse of LGBTIQ+ Inclusion and Representation in the Academic Library: A Literature Review In: Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association, 69, 31 - 46
- Arts, K.,Melero, Y.,Sharma, N.,Tait, E., et al, . (2020). On the merits and pitfalls of introducing a digital platform to aid conservation management: Volunteer data submission and the mediating role of volunteer coordinators In: Journal of Environmental Management, 265, 1 - 8
- Dewi, D.,Pittayachawan, S.,Tait, E. (2020). A conceptual framework for Servitisation of the manufacturing companies to deliver Product–Service Systems solutions: A study case of the Indonesian Motorcycle Industry In: IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, East Java, Indonesia, 17–19 March
- Cousins, F.,Reid, P.,Tait, E. (2019). Bridging the divide: Reflections on university-industry collaboration for the development of the graduate certificate in petroleum data management In: Journal of Documentation, 75, 1213 - 1229
- Beel, D.,Wallace, C.,Webster, G.,Nguyen, H.,Tait, E.,Macleod, M.,Mellish, C. (2017). Cultural resilience: The production of rural community heritage, digital archives and the role of volunteers In: Journal of Rural Studies, 54, 459 - 468
- Tait, E.,Martzoukou, K.,Reid, P. (2016). Libraries for the future: The role of IT utilities in the transformation of academic libraries In: Palgrave Communications, 2, 1 - 9
- Tait, E.,Laing, R.,Grinnall, A.,Burnett, S.,Isaacs, J. (2015). (Re)presenting heritage: Laser scanning and 3D visualisations for cultural resilience and community engagement In: Journal of Information Science, 42, 420 - 433
- Tait, E.,Laing, R.,Gray, D. (2014). Governance and policy challenges of implementing urban low-carbon transport initiatives In: Local Economy, 29, 129 - 140
- Tait, E.,Macleod, M.,Beel, D.,Wallace, C.,Mellish, C.,Taylor, S. (2013). Linking to the past: An analysis of community digital heritage initiatives In: Aslib Proceedings: New Information Perspectives, 65, 564 - 580
2 PhD Completions5 PhD Current Supervisions
- The role of information and digital literacy programs in support of newly settled refugees – an Australian public library approach. Funded by: Australian Library and Information Association Grant 2018 onwards from (2020 to 2022)