Alexandra is currently completing a PhD thesis on the impact of user participation on archival theory and practice. Her research has been funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council collaborative doctoral award, jointly supervised by the Department of Information Studies at University College London (UCL) and The National Archives in the UK, and a UCL cross-disciplinary scholarship in conjunction with the UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC). She previously worked as Collections Manager at West Yorkshire Archive Service, and prior to this as an archivist at the University of Southampton. She is also a Winston Churchill Fellow in connection to her work on local digital archives. Her research interests span all aspects of the impact of the digital world upon cultural heritage organisations and the construction of historical understanding - with a particular focus around issues of long-term digital preservation, and the effects of digitization and digital access upon historical research practice.