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Kathleen Kiernan Dowling

Kathleen Kiernan

PHD  RESEARCH                                                                    

Kathleen is a digital humanities specialist and freelance archivist. As a PhD Candidate in the field of Management and Development of Cultural Heritage since November 2014, she is conducting research on the challenges that climate change poses to Italian archives and libraries, focused specifically on flooding vulnerabilities of the built historic environment in Tuscany, Liguria and Veneto.  Kathleen is investigating opportunities for cultural heritage professionals, civil protection units and climate change scientists to collaborate and apply environmental data for disaster preparedness and recovery.


 RESEARCH INTERESTS                                                     

  • Climate Change Adaptation And Mitigation Strategies 
  • Heritage Conservation
  • Archives Management                                                                     
  • Digital Humanities                                                                  
  • Usability studies and user experience                                                          


  • PHD Management and Development of Cultural Heritage:  IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca  2014-Present
  • MSLIS  Library and Information Science: Pratt Institute, New York  2012-2014
  • PG. DIP.  Museum and Gallery Studies: University of St Andrews, Scotland  2008-2010
  • BA  History of Art, concentration Baroque in Southern Europe:  Virginia Commonwealth University  2004-2008