Iona joined the Urban Institute in July 2018 as Research Impact Officer for Jam & Justice. She has been based at the University of Sheffield since 2009, having previously studied at Roehampton (PGCE Secondary, 2007), Anglia Ruskin (MA Jewish-Christian Relations, 2003) and Cambridge (BA Hons, 2001).
In recent years, Iona has worked in the University of Sheffield’s Digital Humanities Institute, on a range of projects: modelling changes in words and meaning in early modern English with Linguistic DNA, surveying social sciences publications for Ways of Being in a Digital Age, quantifying data from YouTube comments for Militarization 2.0, and analysing court records for Intoxicants and Early Modernity.
Iona also has research specialisms in early modern bible and translation, and a strong interest in public engagement, which she continues to explore through 500 Reformations and EMBERS. She has also worked in the voluntary sector (including as a community service volunteer, and project visitor in northern India with VRI), in secondary education, and for the Church of England. She maintains a personal blog at: ionasword.net