Academic Education and Experience
At present I am the DigiLab Fellow (Digital Laboratory) at LCC, University of the Arts, London directing research and enterprise activities at the lab within the area of design and social understanding of new technologies. I recently conducted a R&D grant funded by Nesta, Arts and Humanities Research Council, and the Arts Council England and further worked as a stakeholder as a part of Voices for Culture with the Goethe Institute and EU Commission. I have previously been investigating information architecture, usability and design problems for two geospatial web applications on climate (Fetch Climate) and endangered species (The Red List Threat Mapping Application), working in collaboration with industrial partners across the globe. My role sits at the intersection of research, business and innovation. I currently supervise three PhD candidates and teach on the research degrees programme.
Previously I worked as a Research Projects Coordinator to the Head of College Professor Sandra Kemp, at London College of Communication (LCC) working on the college’s research strategy, in particular where enterprise and research intersect particularly in areas of digital and media convergence. This included coordinating pilot set of case study work for REF (Research Excellence Framework) impact case studies across the University of the Arts, London (2011-12).
Before that, I held a post-doctoral position as a Research Assistant for C4D supporting the Deputy Director of C4D, in 2010 for the Faculty of Design at LCC. C4D meant jointly working with colleagues at Cranfield University on writing grant applications and conference coordination, as well as extending research networks to other partners such as University College London, Department of Anthropology. Projects ranged from scoping waste management in London boroughs, to the material design of mattresses, public engagements with nanotechnology (citizen science), and platform for digital near-patient testing in rural India and the UK.
For ten years I was a Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design and New Media at University of Creative Arts, Epsom. I was the Pathway Leader for the Foundation Diploma leading on design practice with theory as well as the annual lecture series of contextual studies (until 2009). I have taught all levels in the further and higher education sectors for almost ten years with my favourite additional being a guest lecturer for the BA in fashion and music journalism at Epsom for Deborah Lampitt (Segue).
From time to time I teach/lecture and workshop continual professional development – industry workshops for the design and media sectors at London College of Communication, University of Arts, London.
I gained a BA in Fine Art – Printmaking, at Newcastle University in 1999, and a Masters in Fine Art – Digital Print at Wimbledon College of Art, London (with AHRC funding) in 2001. I also gained a PGCE from Greenwich University for post-compulsory education in 2003. Before completing my part-time doctorate at Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts, London. I continued my professional development by attending a couple of modules from the MSc in Sociology of New Technologies and Documentary Analysis at Surrey University. I also gained credits in Deleuze, Technology and Ethnography, at ITUniversity, Copenhagen.
Design Employment and Non-Academic Research
Previously, I worked in the design industry and in politics. As an account handler in an advertising and design agency I worked predominantly on investment banking and for the National Playing Fields (2000-1). As a parliamentary monitoring researcher (1999-2002), Westminster I researched a wide range of issues in the Prime Minister’s Questions, the Hansard and all governmental press releases. Prior to that I worked as an administrator for the audit department of Monsoon in 1999.
PhD University of the Arts, AHRC funded, London with University of Surrey, 2010
PGCE (PCET) Masters in Post Compulsory Education Training, Greenwich University, 2003
MA in Fine Art – Digital Print, AHRC funded, Wimbledon School of Art, London, 2001
BA (Hons) in Fine Art – Print, Newcastle University, 1999
Supervision Portfolio (a unit of the MA Academic Practice), SEDA accredited (Staff and Educational Development Association), LET (was CLTAD), University of the Arts London, 2015
Data Management & Statistical Analysis Using SPSS, Imperial College London, 2014
Online Qualitative Techniques, New, emerging and established techniques for qualitative researchers, Market Research Society, London 2014
Supervising Research Degrees (a unit of the MA Academic Practice), SEDA accredited (Staff and Educational Development Association), CLTAD, University of the Arts London, 2012-3
Media Training, University of the Arts London, 2013
Information Architecture, UX Bootcamp, short course, London 2012