Elizabeth Tait
Title: Dr
First Name: Elizabeth
Surname: Tait
Position: Senior Lecturer
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 263916
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Duties and Responsibilities

Elizabeth is the Subject Lecturer for Information Management. She is also Research Degree Coordinator for the School of Creative and Cultural Business and Director of the DInfSc programme. She represents RGU on the ESRC Doctoral Training Pathway Information Science Scotland and is editor of the ABS Working Papers series.

Academic Background

She has an MA (Hons) in Politics from the University of Glasgow, an MSc (with distinction) in Electronic Information Management from Robert Gordon University and a PhD which examined the use of ICT for political participation. Before joining the department in 2012 she worked as a researcher in the fields of Labour Market Studies, Transport Policy and Digital Economy.

Research Interests

Her research interests reflect her interdisciplinary background and are primarily around the societal impact of digital technologies in areas such as: politics, business, cultural heritage and natural resource conservation.

Recent projects include ‘New Radicals’ which investigates the legacy of Scottish Independence Referendum activism on young people's level of political engagement, particularly via digital media. A further research area concerns the use of IT based visualisation and the built heritage. This has been supported through projects funded by the RCUK Digital Economy Programme and Heritage Lottery Fund, with technology including 3D HD Laser Scanning and interactive 3D virtual models. The research has demonstrated how such visualisation techniques can help to draw participants into cultural and social research, and help to present buildings and cultural artefacts in ways which encourage fresh ideas and viewpoints.


  • PORTIS (Horizon 2020) - I am a Co-Investigator
  • Heritage Lottery Fund (2015). Castle to Cathedral to Cashmere. Total award £78000. I am a Co-Investigator
  • RCUK Digital Economy- Communities and Culture Network+ (2014).  New Radicals? Youth Digital Engagement in post-referendum Scotland. Total award £30000. I am a Co-Investigator
  • RCUK Digital Economy - IT as a Utility Network+ (2014).  Bring Your Own Heritage. Total award £46000. I am Principal Investigator.
  • RCUK Digital Economy- Communities and Culture Network+ (2014).  Community engagement and participation with 3-D cultural heritage visualisations’. Total award value £4502. I was Principal Investigator
  • ESRC (2012) Social Networking Analysis Training. ESRC Digital Social Research Fund awarded £3500 I was Principal Investigator.
  • JISC (2012) Tracking Digital Impact: collaborative project with Exeter (lead institution), Manchester, Plymouth and South Queensland Universities. I was the Principal Investigator 

External / Professional Roles

  • Pathway Convenor for ESRC Information Science Scotland Doctoral Training Pathway
  • Member of AHRC Peer Review College
  • Reviewer for journals e.g. ASLIB Journal of Information Management, New Media and Society, Journal of Knowledge Management.
  • Represent RGU at Scottish Parliament Digital Participation Working Group 


TAIT, E., MARTZOUKOU, K. and REID, P. 2016. Libraries for the future: the role of IT utilities in the transformation of academic libraries. Palgrave communications, 2, article 16070.

LAING, R., TAIT, E., ISACCS, J., LEON, M. and REID, P. 2016. The Application of 3D Visualisation and HD Surveying to Help Stimulate Economic Growth in Historic Urban Areas. Proceedings of RICS COBRA. 20 - 22 September 2016 Toronto: Canada

MACLEOD, I., BAXTER, G., McLAVERTY, P. and TAIT, E.  2016. The Scottish independence referendum and first-time voters: a shot in the arm or a flash in the pan? Paper presented at Youth Political Participation: The Diverse Roads to Democracy. June 15-17 2016, McGill University, Monteal : Canada

MCLAVERTY, P., MACLEOD, I., TAIT, E., BAXTER, G., GOKER, A. and HERON, M. 2015. New radicals: digital political engagement in post-referendum Scotland: final report on pilot project to the Communities and Culture Network+. In Working Papers of the Communities and Culture Network+, 6, Oct 2015. 

TAIT, E., LAING, R., GRINALL, A., BURNETT, S. and ISAACS, J. 2016. (Re)presenting heritage: laser scanning and 3D visualisations for cultural resilience and community engagement. Journal of Information Science 42(3) pp 420-433

TAIT, E., LAING, R., GRINNALL, A., BURNETT, S. and SCOTT, J. 2015. Remembering through gaming: 3D visualization technologies for community engagement with local cultural heritage. I3 Information Interactions Impact, 23rd-26th June 2015, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen: UK

BEEL, D., WALLACE, C. WEBSTER, G., NGUYEN, H., TAIT, E., MACLEOD, M. and MELLISH, C.  2015. Cultural Resilience: the production of rural community heritage, digital archives and the role of volunteers. Journal of Rural Studies.

TAIT, E., LAING, R., GRINNALL, A., BURNETT, S. and SCOTT, J., 2015. Bring Your Own Heritage. IT as a Utility Network conference 6-7th of July 2015. Southampton SOLENT University, Southampton: UK

TAIT, E., LAING, R., GRINNALL, A., BURNETT, S. and SCOTT, J., 2015. Bring Your Own Heritage final report. Report produced for the IT as a Utility Network working papers series.

TAIT, E., 2015. Harnessing technology to enhance community heritage projects. Advocating Libraries: Innovate and Thrive, Chartered Institute of Libraries and Information Professionals Scotland Conference, 9th-10th of June 2015. Dundee: UK

TAIT, E. & LAING, R. [2014]. ‘Community engagement and participation with 3D cultural heritage visualisations.’ Working Papers of the Communities & Culture Network+ Vol.3 (April).

TAIT, E., LAING, R. and GRAY, D. [2014]. Governance and policy challenges of implementing urban low carbon transport initiatives, Local Economy29 (1-2) pp 129-140

TAIT, E., MACLEOD, M., BEEL, D., WALLACE, C., MELLISH, C. and TAYLOR, S., [2013] Linking to the past: an analysis of community digital heritage initiativesASLIB Proceedings, Volume 65, Number 6, pp. 564 – 580.

TAIT. E. and REID, P. [2013] Community Digital Archives: Challenges and Opportunities for Library and Information Science Research, I3 Information: Interactions and Impact. 25-28 June 2013, The Robert Gordon University. Aberdeen.

LAING, R., TAIT, E., GRAY, D. [2012] Public engagement and participation in sustainable transport issues Proceedings of RICS COBRA 11-13 September 2012 Las Vegas, USA. 

TINTAREV, N.  MELERO, Y., SRIPADA, S., TAIT, E., VAN der WAL, R and MELLISH, C.  [2012]  MinkApp: Generating Spatio-temporal Summaries for Nature Conservation VolunteersINLG 2012: 7th International Natural Language Generation Conference, May 30 - June 1 2012, Chicago, Illinois. 

TAIT, E. [2012] The Use of Web 2.0 for eParticipation: Transformational Tweeting or Devaluation of Democracy in Kloby, K. and D'Agostino, M. Citizen 2.0: Public and Governmental Interaction through Web 2.0 Technologies, IGI Global, Hershey: PA

WALLACE, C., TAIT, E., MELLISH, C., MACLEOD, M and HUNTER, C. [2011] Creating Sustainable Digital Community Heritage Resources using Linked Data, SDH 2011 Supporting Digital Humanities: Answering the unaskable Conference 17-18 November 2011, Copenhagen, Denmark. Published [online] in the proceedings of the 2nd Digital Humanities Conference.

MELLISH, C., WALLACE, C., TAT, E., HUNTER, C. and MACLEOD, M. [2011] Can Digital Technologies increase Engagement with Community History? Digital Engagement ‘11, November 15 – 17, 2011, Newcastle, UK. Published in the proceedings of the 2nd Digital Engagement conference.  

TAIT, E., WALLACE, C., HUNTER, C. and MELLISH, C. [2011] Local Electronic Cultural Repositories: who are the Users and what is the Impact? ICS Symposium 21 - 23 September 2011, Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford: UK