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I’m a designer and researcher based at Open Lab Newcastle University (formally the Digital Interaction group at Culture Lab), pursuing human-computer interaction (HCI) research through design-led inquiry.
I have a longstanding curiosity in the design-led study of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) from social and cultural perspectives. This is grounded in my interdisciplinary career spanning the arts, humanities and social sciences.
Graduating with a Fine Art degree from Newcastle in 2000, I have worked as a professional artist with gallery representation and run an interaction design consultancy.  Following postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Art (RCA) and the University of Surrey (Microsoft Research European PhD Scholarship Programme), I hold specialist applied skills in computer-related design and a deep knowledge of critical and experience-centred approaches to HCI research. 
Over the last 16 years, I have developed extensive professional experience in industry, academia and the public sector. In a commercial design research context, I have drawn upon my expertise in ethnography, film making, conceptual design and visual communication to deliver understandings, strategic directions and possible futures for technology innovation in Healthcare, Telecommunications and Government.
 
My academic research has focussed on the development of digital photography and social media, specifically to support the expression of identity in different contexts and domains, and by different communities and cultures.  My approach is creative, practice-based and interdisciplinary, using design to understand and communicate ideas and experiences. I’m a passionate advocate of dissemination platforms supporting ‘research through design’.
 
Alongside my Leverhulme Fellowship (ECF-2012-642) I have significant demonstrators of impact in terms of funding, publications, and services to academic communities. I am Principal Investigator at Newcastle of EPSRC Charting the Digital Lifespan (CDL) project (EP/L00383X/1) and previously Researcher Co-Investigator on EPSRC 'Scaling the Rural Enterprise' (EP/J000604/1) and most recently am Co-Investigator on a project internally funded by Newcastle Institute of Creative Arts Practice (NICAP). I was General Chair for the new Research through Design (RTD) 2015 Conference.
 
I have recently returned from Maternity Leave (July 15 to April 16), previously taking Maternity Leave in 2012.  And it has been worth it to have my two occasionally entertaining children.

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I’m a designer and researcher based at Open Lab Newcastle University (formally the Digital Interaction group at Culture Lab), pursuing human-computer interaction (HCI) research through design-led inquiry. I have a longstanding curiosity in the design-led study of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) from social and cultural perspectives. This is grounded in my interdisciplinary career spanning the arts, humanities and social sciences. Graduating with a Fine Art degree from Newcastle in 2000, I have worked as a professional artist with gallery representation and run an interaction design consultancy.  Following postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Art (RCA) and the University of Surrey (Microsoft Research European PhD Scholarship Programme), I hold specialist applied skills in computer-related design and a deep knowledge of critical and experience-centred approaches to HCI research.  Over the last 16 years, I have developed extensive professional experience in industry, academia and the public sector. In a commercial design research context, I have drawn upon my expertise in ethnography, film making, conceptual design and visual communication to deliver understandings, strategic directions and possible futures for technology innovation in Healthcare, Telecommunications and Government.   My academic research has focussed on the development of digital photography and social media, specifically to support the expression of identity in different contexts and domains, and by different communities and cultures.  My approach is creative, practice-based and interdisciplinary, using design to understand and communicate ideas and experiences. I’m a passionate advocate of dissemination platforms supporting ‘research through design’.   Alongside my Leverhulme Fellowship (ECF-2012-642) I have significant demonstrators of impact in terms of funding, publications, and services to academic communities. I am Principal Investigator at Newcastle of EPSRC Charting the Digital Lifespan (CDL) project (EP/L00383X/1) and previously Researcher Co-Investigator on EPSRC 'Scaling the Rural Enterprise' (EP/J000604/1) and most recently am Co-Investigator on a project internally funded by Newcastle Institute of Creative Arts Practice (NICAP). I was General Chair for the new Research through Design (RTD) 2015 Conference.   I have recently returned from Maternity Leave (July 15 to April 16), previously taking Maternity Leave in 2012.  And it has been worth it to have my two occasionally entertaining children.
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