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I’m a sociologist based at the Institute of Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. I've been contributing to the areas of Science and Technology Studies and Human-Computer Interaction for over twenty years, and held positions in both academic and industrial research, most recently as Centre Co-Director of HCID at City, University of London, and in the past at the University of Surrey, Goldsmiths, Xerox, Google and Microsoft Research.

My research is driven by a desire to critically engage with the social and ethical implications of technology and a commitment towards more just worlds. This thinking is heavily influenced by feminist scholarship, particularly from those working and writing around feminist technoscience.

Where possible, my work sits alongside the design of human-machine interactions. Rather than informing design directly, I’ve sought with varying success to open up the possibilities for different and hopefully new ways of being with technology. My aim has been to reflect on the ever emergent relations between humans and machines, and to wonder what the unceasing developments in science and technology might mean for being human (and being machines). My work amounts to a struggling through, not to produce definitive answers but with an eye for the troubles and making a difference in the world.

I've published widely in HCI and STS with over 80 conference, journal and book publications. I'm currently Scholar in Residence at Digital Futures, Stockholm, a Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow with HCID at City, University of London and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

I live in Edinburgh with my partner, two children and two canine companions.

External positions

Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow, City University London

Scholar in Residence, Digital Futures, KTH Stockholm, Sweden

FRSA, Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA)

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