Dr Zoe AlkerLecturer in Historical Social Data Science
My work explores how the use of data science methodologies can be used to advance histories of crime, justice and punishment from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. My research has involved co-creating large-scale historical datasets that benefit from the application of various data science techniques (linked data, data mining, and data visualisation) to the history of law, crime and justice in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
My work on the digitisation of criminal justice records makes accessible an unrivalled record of past lives lived, and not simply information about crime and punishment, but about the experiences of large swathes of the population who did not leave extensive written records. I am now using these data science techniques to develop related areas of the social and cultural history of modern Britain, including health and society.
PhD Supervision Interests
Historical and social data science Digital Humanities Criminal Justice History Gender History
Skin and Bone: Interdisciplinary analysis of accidents, injury, and violence in industrialising London, 1760-1901
31/08/2022 → 30/08/2023
British Academy/ JISC Data Mining Convict Tattoos
01/08/2018 → 31/08/2019