Gillian has a leadership background in media, entrepreneurial business and higher education, working across Europe, the USA, Africa and East Asia. She has international networks are concentrated in research, digital innovation, and social entrepreneurship. She led the development of one of the first MA programmes related to the Internet and believes she was the first woman in the UK to be appointed as a Professor of Digital Economy in 2010. In addition to several major reports, Gillian has published monographs, edited and co-edited books, as well as journal articles and chapters. Her work has focused mainly on globalisation and digital and creative economy as well as feminist theory and women.