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I am a Lecturer in Design Informatics in the School of Informatics. My background spans the fields of human-computer interaction, interaction design and cognitive science. I am particularly interested in developing interventions, tools and technology prototypes that engage with the themes of sustainability and circular economy, responsible technology design, data literacy, creativity and tangible computing.

Before my current role, I was a postdoctoral researcher in Creative Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, where I investigated the emerging applications of new technologies and data-driven methods for creative sectors - ranging from the visual and performing arts, to music, craft and others. Prior to this role, I completed my PhD in Human-Computer Interaction at UCL, where I worked on developing empirically-informed approaches to teaching children about computing through playful, tangible interfaces.

I graduated with an MA (Hons) in Cognitive Science from the University of Edinburgh, where my degree combined computer science, psychology and linguistics and my dissertation focussed on neural network models of visual cognition. I have also held research internships at BBC R&D investigating the potential of Artificial Intelligence systems for TV production contexts (2018), and at the University of York working to develop accessible web interfaces for statistical analysis (2014).

Research Interests

My work is in the domains of human-computer interaction and interaction design and ties together the themes of data literacy, creativity, playfulness, sustainability, and responsible innovation. My research is concerned with understanding and augmenting people’s perceptions and uses of data-driven technologies. I design interventions, tools and prototypes to promote discussion and reflection about the role of new technologies in our lives and to empower non-experts to create with new technologies. Previously, these have ranged from playful physical interfaces that teach children fundamental computing concepts through dance, to illustrated card decks aimed to inspire creative practitioners to experiment with new data-driven methods. The overarching goal of my research is to support diverse audiences in viewing technologies in new ways, towards stimulating creative practice and developing responsible and environmentally sustainable relationships with emerging technologies.

Qualifications

PhD in Human Computer Interaction, University College London (2020)
MA (Hons) in Cognitive Science, University of Edinburgh (2015)

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