Dr Siún Carden is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Rural Creativity, University of the Highlands and Islands. Her current research interests include the creative economy in rural contexts, maker cultures and Shetland textiles.

She leads the ‘Communities of Practice’ module within the UHI MA in Art and Social Practice.

She previously worked as a research assistant on the Leverhulme-funded project ‘From Plantation to Peace: Derry/Londonderry as the UK’s first City of Culture’ at Queen’s University Belfast. Her PhD research in Social Anthropology (QUB, 2010) examined the redevelopment of Belfast’s Falls Road area as an Irish language-themed cultural hub. She has also written about Aran knitting in the context of Irish migration and tourism.