Simon Keegan-Phipps is happy to announce the appointment of Dr Cinzia Yates ( as the Research Associate for the AHRC-funded project Digital Folk: Digital Media in Folk Arts Participation. Cinzia will be starting her position at the University of Sheffield at the end of November, bringing with her a wealth of specialist knowledge and experience in the areas of British Isles folk arts, as both a researcher and a practising musician and dancer. She will be working on the two-year project with Simon and David Gauntlett (University of Westminster), researching the ways in which digital media and technology are shaping participation in the folk arts in England.