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Merel van der Vaart

Merel van der Vaart is a PhD Researcher with the Allard Pierson Museum, part of the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Her research focusses on the user experience & usability of digital media in museums, with an emphasis on visitor engagement and social interaction. She previously worked at the Science Museum in London as Associate Curator of Public History, where she was responsible for co-creative projects and processes both online and on-site. In 2010 she worked as a Research Assistant for the LIVE!Museum project at the University of Leicester’s School of Museum Studies. The research focus of this project was to find new ways in which the online and on-site museum experience could be merged. She wrote her master thesis on the way on-site digital installations impact on social interaction among visitors. Her special interests include: the relationship between people, objects and information; audience engagement, participation & co-creation; social interaction in the museum space; and merging online and on-site experiences. Merel holds degrees in Museology (cum laude) and Language & Culture Studies , as well as an MA in Museum Studies.