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Prof Elizabeth Shepherd
G43
Foster Court
UCL, Gower Street
London
WC1E 6BT
Appointment
  • Professor of Archives and Records Management
  • Dept of Information Studies
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Role
Head of Department
Biography

I qualified as an archivist at UCL in 1983 and worked in archives and records management in local government before becoming a records management specialist at TFPL Ltd. In 1992 I was appointed in the Department of Information Studies at University College London (UCL), to update and revise the MA in Archives and Records Management of which I was programme director until 2002. In 2003 I was appointed a senior lecturer, in 2007 Reader and in 2011 Professor of Archives and Records Management. I became Head of the Department of Information Studies in 2018. 

Research Summary

My research expertise lies in information management and rights in records. I was a co-investigator in the ESRC-funded Administrative Data Research Centre - England (ADRCE) project, leading a work package in DIS which addressed issues around information governance and record keeping for government administrative data, that is routinely collected administrative data produced by citizen interaction with the state machinery. I am the PI working with a group of co-investigators on the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) project on Navigating the public information rights ecology: a recordkeeping perspective on supporting information rights (MIRRA project). The research focuses on recordkeeping to support the information rights of citizens, especially (in the context of the IICSA inquiry) on children in care and care leavers. It links with related projects internationally, including in Australia. 

My research interests also include the development of the English archival profession in the 20th century, which is the subject of my PhD and a monograph published by Ashgate (Archives and Archivists in Twentieth Century England, 2009). I am currently researching pioneering women archivists in early 20th century England.

I make a significant contribution through journal editing and academic peer review in the UK, Europe and North America, including membership of the RAE2008 sub-panel 37, REF2014 sub-panel 36 and REF2021 sub-panel 34. I have held leadership roles in both national and international subject bodies, including as Vice-President of International Council on Archives, Section for Archival Education in 2008-2012. I present my research regularly at national and international conferences, through invited papers/keynotes and peer reviewed papers, to professional and to research audiences at leading conferences, including Information and Records Management Society Conference, Association of Canadian Archivists, European Union DLM-Forum, International Council on Archives Congress, Archival Education Research Institute. 

I am interested in supervising doctoral research into all areas of archives and records management, in particular, the development and history of the profession, archival education, records management and information compliance issues and the development and application of policies, standards and frameworks for the archives and records management discipline. 

I was instrumental in establishing the International Centre for Archives and Records Management Research and User Studies, ICARUS, in 2005, at UCL Department of Information Studies in recognition of the need to develop knowledge and enhance understanding of the creation, management and use of records and their role in society; and map, monitor and evaluate significant changes in the archives and records domain using robust evidence-based methods.

Teaching Summary

I currently teach within the MA in Archives and Records Management including Concepts and Contexts. I also contribute to the doctoral research methods module for the Department.

Appointments
01-OCT-2018 Head of the Department of Information Studies Department of Information Studies UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2011 Professor of Archives and Records Management Department of Information Studies UCL, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2009 – 31-DEC-2009 Visiting Professor Faculty of Information Studies University of Toronto, Canada
01-OCT-2007 – 30-SEP-2011 Reader, Archives and Records Management Department of Information Studies UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2003 – 30-SEP-2007 Senior Lecturer, Archives and Records Management Department of Information Studies UCL, United Kingdom
01-AUG-1992 – 01-OCT-2003 Lecturer, Archives and Records Management School of Library, Archive and Information Studies UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1982 BA Bachelor of Arts – History University of London
  FHEA ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow  
2004 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Archives and Records Management University College London
1992 P.Grad Dip Postgraduate Diploma – Management studies University of Westminster
1985 MA Master of Arts – Archive studies University College London
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