Janis Lena Meissner

j.l.meissner2@ncl.ac.uk | Doctoral Trainee

Janis Lena Meissner

I am a PhD student in Digital Civics. My academic background is in Media Informatics which I studied both on a undergraduate and postgraduate level at the Vienna University of Technology. Between my Bachelor's and Master's I gained some professional experience at a governmental institution as well as in consulting services for a software company.

I have a strong interest in everyday situations where the physical actuality meets individual virtual meaning making. During my first Master's I have explored such narrative enhancements on different levels, most of all empirically in form of user research and actively by designing ubicomp systems and prototypes. My Master's thesis was an inductive participatory design project with urban knitters, and resulted in the development of an augmented interactive yarnbombing installation revealing the background stories behind textile artefacts.

In my doctoral research at Open Lab I plan to further explore the intersections of technology and everyday life/culture/creativity in the context of making and community empowerment. My project Making Useful Stuff involves developing a Portable Makerspace that provides the resources for traditional/digital craft, skill exchange, and creative collaborations  directly where the local communities want to use them.

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