Clara is a designer, creative practitioner and Newcastle University Research Fellow in Digital Local Democracy working on Open Lab’s Digital Civics Initiative. She is currently Principal Investigator of the EPSRC NetworkPlus Social Justice and the Digital Economy (awarded 1m), which seeks to engage citizens, the third sector, and industry in exploring the social justice implications of new and emerging technologies.
Clara's research explores interaction design methods, digital tools and socio-technical processes to support social justice and emancipatory practices in everyday politics of place. As such, Clara’s research focuses on the design of participatory socio-technical processes that aligns with principles of Spatial Justice and the Right to the City, and have at their core values of multiplicity and plurality to create spaces of dialogue between the social and institutional practices and support citizens’ organisation and political action.
Clara’s PhD examined the role of design and technology to support political action in the everyday politics of re-making place and was part of the Creative Exchange project—a collaboration between Lancaster University, Newcastle University and the Royal College of Arts. She holds a BA in Arts and Design and a MA of Arts in Curatorial Practice. Prior joining Open Lab, Clara worked as a freelance artist on numerous participatory media projects with a range of charities, NGOs and cultural institutions in UK and Europe.