Professor Paul Millar


Paul is Head of the School of Humanities and Creative Arts, and Director of the UC Arts Digital Lab. He is a professor of English with a particular interest in New Zealand literature and the poetry of James K. Baxter.
Paul has long been involved in Digital Humanities projects and research, having co-founded the VUW NZ Electronic Text Collection, and leading the establishment of New Zealand’s first Digital Humanities teaching programme at UC

Dr Chris Thomson


Chris is a Lecturer in English and Digital Humanities. His research interests lie at the intersection of literary studies and digital humanities, particularly on the way digital media technologies shape and are shaped by cultural practices. He is also interested in the adaptations of literature in digital media; posthumanism in literature; and the application of text mining as a research method in the humanities.

Sacha McMeeking


Sacha holds a Masters of Laws from UC and her career path has woven through public policy, social entrepreneurship and academia. She was formerly the General Manager of Strategy and Influence with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, and was the inaugural Fulbright Harkness Fellow in 2010. Sacha is currently the head of Aotahi – the School of Māori and Indigenous Studies at UC and also a co-director of the Maui Lab, connecting students with communities and organisations in order to create Next Generation Solutions for Te Ao Māori.

Assoc. Professor Donald Matheson


Donald is Associate Professor in Media and Communications. His research interests lie in journalism studies, with a particular emphasis on discourse analysis of journalists’ writing practices. This interest has taken him towards researching journalism in new media, as well as historical and ethical aspects of newswriting. Donald is also interested in journalism sociology and in the study of alternative media. He is the current president of the Australia New Zealand Communication Association.


Jennifer Middendorf

Production Co-ordinator

Jennifer is the Lab Coordinator and has skills in website development and various programming languages, and qualifications in secondary teaching.   Jennifer recently completed an MLING thesis, using statistical modelling to compare syntactic structures in the QuakeBox spoken language corpus with the written language of the Christchurch Press.

Samuel Hope

Digital Projects Specialist

Samuel completed a BA at UC in 2015, followed by a BA Hons in 2016. His areas of study were Anthropology and English, and he now works part time as a Digital Projects Specialist for UC Arts Digital Lab. Samuel handles digital content for CEISMIC, and helps with the development of projects in the lab. He also works as a Library Assistant at Christchurch City Libraries.

Antoine Landrieu

Digital Projects Specialist

Antoine completed a Masters in Computer Sciences in 2015 at HE2B-ISIB in Brussels. His interest for Digital Arts grew from his personal background and opportunities available at the local digital lab, LARAS. He is now a Digital Projects Specialist at the UC Arts Digital Lab, putting his computer skills and international connections to the benefit of our ongoing and upcoming projects.

Post-graduate Research Associates

Kara Kennedy

Kara is a Postgraduate Research Associate for the UC Arts Digital Lab and a PhD candidate in English at UC, focusing on twentieth-century science fiction. She also researches in the area of Digital Humanities pedagogy.

Jakob Kristensen

Jakob is a Postgraduate Research Associate for the UC Arts Digital Lab and a PhD candidate in Media and Communication. He works with online communication and politics focusing on social media, Big Data and computational models.


Puimini Bowatte

Puimini is one of our CEISMIC volunteers and helps us identify relevant content for the archive. Puimini is a second year UC student studying towards a BCom majoring in Accounting and Finance.

Dana Mageanu

Dana is one of our CEISMIC volunteers and helps with the describing of content for the archive. She has previously worked in Japan as an English teacher.

Tasha Tan

Tasha is one of our CEISMIC volunteers and helps with describing and geo-locating content for the archive.  She is a UC student, currently studying Engineering.

Brad McNeur

Brad is one of our CEISMIC volunteers and has a background in IT. He helps us develop apps and scripts which automate parts of the archival process.

Aidan Millow

Aidan is one of our CEISMIC volunteers and has a background in IT. He helps us develop apps and scripts which automate parts of the archival process.

Paul Pink

Paul is one of our CEISMIC volunteers and helps with the describing and geo-locating of content for the archive.

Former Staff, Interns and Volunteers

Dr James Smithies

James was a Senior Lecturer in Digital Humanities and Associate Director of CEISMIC Canterbury Earthquakes Digital Archive. James has experience in the government and commercial IT sectors as a technical writer and editor, business analyst, and project manager. He is now the Director of King’s Digital Lab (KDL) at King’s College London.

Matthew Lattin

Matt is a Research Assistant for CEISMIC, preparing a large collection of content from the All Right? mental wellbeing campaign for the archive.

Tiana Ratana

Tiana is a Research Assistant for the UC Arts Digital Lab, working on Kōmako: a bibliography of writing by Māori in English, led by Dr Bridget Underhill and Dr Chris Thomson.

Julie-Ann Buick

Julie-Ann is fourth-year Geography student at UC, studying towards a Masters in Urban Resilience and Renewal. She completed an internship with CEISMIC which involved identifying and gathering information on temporary, post-quake projects for the Transitional City archive.

Dan Bartlett

Dan was a Summer Scholar for the Voices Against War project over the summer of 2015/2016, writing and loading content about the pacifists, conscientious objectors and seditious Cantabrians of WWI. He is completing his Honours degree in History, and has recently taken up a position with Ngāi Tahu, working on their WWI website.

Alex King

Alex worked as a Digital Content Analyst for CEISMIC from September 2013 – May 2015. Alex’s previous experience was as an Assistant Law Librarian for the NZ Law Society Library in Auckland, and she is now travelling and working in Europe.

Han Li

Han started as an intern with CEISMIC in 2012, and then carried on to work as a Digital Content Analyst.  She moved to New York to work for the Digital Media team at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and now works at the British Museum.

Andrew Dean

Andrew was Digital Content Analyst for CEISMIC in the early days of the programme, and worked primarily on the Environment Canterbury collection. Andrew was awarded a Rhodes scholarship in 2012 and is completing a Doctorate in English Literature at the University of Oxford.

Simon Palenski

Simon volunteered with CEISMIC in 2015 and also worked in a paid role to digitise the Townsend Telescope Visitors Book, which has been added to the QuakeStudies archive and was displayed in an exhibition led by the UC Physics department. He is now working at the Christchurch Art Gallery.

Toril Orlesky

Toril is a former CEISMIC volunteer. She has a background in film, so was able to put her skills to use by filming the 2016 Seismics in the City conference for us, and has helped us prepare videos for the archive

Jane Ross

Jane is one of our CEISMIC volunteers and helps with the describing of content for the archive. As an editor for many years, she is also an adept proofreader! She says that volunteering for CEISMIC makes her feel more connected to the city and to all who have struggled since the quakes.

Julian Vesty

Julian is a volunteer with the Lab and is helping to mark up digitised Roy Bruce letters – a collection of correspondence sent back to New Zealand during World War 1 by Major Roy Bruce of 8th Squadron, Canterbury Mounted Rifles.

Maree Shirota

Maree volunteered with CEISMIC in 2015. She helped with the describing of content for the archive and is now completing a PhD at Universität Heidelberg in Germany.

Lesley Gilder

Lesley was the first of our CEISMIC volunteers, joining us in early 2015 to help with the describing of content for the archive. Lesley is currently working in the finance sector.

Brooke Maslin

Brooke is one of our CEISMIC volunteers and helps with the describing of content for the archive. She currently studying towards a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Media and Communications and minoring in English and Entrepreneurship, with plans to move into the world of media, news and public relations.