Kirsty joined SSI in 2020 as Project Manager, she is based at the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre in Edinburgh. Kirsty holds BSc in Chemistry from Edinburgh and a PhD in atmospheric science from the University of Leeds.
Kirsty is interested in the management of programs that support and facilitate research. She is an academic in the topic of air pollution and climate change and has a strong interest in good software practises and the development of open software in research. Kirsty joined the SSI from the University of Leeds, where she still retains a part-time role as a member of the Centre for Environmental Modelling and Computation (CEMAC).
Kirsty is passionate about open research and is interested in using citizen science and public engagement to “open up” the research process. She is a graduate of the University of Leeds’ Engagement Excellence Scheme (2019) and has worked extensively with schools and community groups to help them take measurements of air pollution in their local area. Kirsty is currently citizen science co-lead on a NIHR project lead by Born in Bradford to measure children’s exposure to air pollution.
Kirsty is an active member of the Research Software Engineering (RSE) community and is treasurer of the UK RSE conference. From 2018 to 2020 she was RSE Theme Lead for the N8 CIR where she worked to develop a community of research software engineers across the universities in the N8 partnership.