Anne Beaulieu (1970) joined the University of Groningen following several years as senior research fellow at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
(KNAW), where she also acted as deputy programme leader of the Virtual Knowledge
Studio for the Humanities and Social Sciences between 2005 and 2010. Before
that, she studied the development of neuroimaging and cognitive neuroscience,
leading to her PhD dissertation (University of Amsterdam 2000). In 1999,
she was appointed Lecturer in Science, Culture and Communication, in Bath, UK.
Her work at the Groningen Energy and Sustainability Programme is well served by her interdisciplinary background, which ranges from neuroscience to sociology, including communications and art history (McGill University 1992, 1994). Beaulieu has been a member of the Dutch national research school WTMC (science, technology and modern culture) since its inception.
Importance of interfaces
A dominant theme in Beaulieu’s work is the importance of interfaces for the creation and circulation of knowledge. Past research projects at the KNAW in the area of e-science and e-research focused on data-sharing, on knowledge networks, and on visualisation and visual knowledge. Beaulieu has also done extensive work in the field of digital humanities, on new (ethnographic) research methods and on ethics in e-research. She also has a very successful track-record in conceiving and implementing novel, interactive forms of communication in research and teaching.
In Alfalab, she acted as project leader of interface lab, and further dealt with dissemination and user engagement. She worked on this part of the project with Smiljana Antonijevic, Charles van den Heuvel and Clifford Tatum.