Clara is a designer, creative practitioner and Career Research Fellow in Digital Local Democracy working on Open Lab’s Digital Civics Initiative. Her research explores interaction design methods, tools and processes to support progressive forms of social activism in the everyday politics of place and place making. Clara’s research combines social movements and rhetorical studies to guide the design of tools and participatory socio-technical processes that aligns with principles of Spatial Justice and the Right to the City. As such her work focuses on processes that have at their core values of multiplicity and plurality to open dialogue between the social and institutional practices at play in the construction of and production of our cities 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 a range of participatory projects with a range of charities, NGOs and cultural institutions in UK and Europe.