I am an interdisciplinary design researcher working between interaction design, human-computer interaction (HCI), feminist science and technology studies (STS). My work focuses on the gendered politics of participatory design practice for design livelihoods in international development, socio-technical infrastructures of material resources and smart urbanisation in more-than-human worlds. My current research projects are funded by the British Academy, EPSRC and Research England. Projects include ISSRAR: Young Palestinians’ Sustainable Development, Visualising Ugandan Youth Futures and More than Human Data Interactions.
Prior to joining Open Lab, I was a Global Challenges Research Fellow at the Centre for International Development and CoCreate at Northumbria University.
I completed my PhD at Culture Lab, Newcastle University in 2014, working between the School of Computing and the International Centre for Cultural Heritage Studies, focussing on the role of socially engaged arts and craft for wearable IoT technologies with immigrant women’s social care groups. I trained in the visual and performing arts, collaborating with national and international theatre companies and arts organisations for over a decade prior to starting a research career.