I am a documentary-maker and a researcher, based in Bristol, UK. My research interests include documentary co-creation/co-design, human-computer interaction (HCI) and I am an advocate for inclusivity and open standards. I am particularly interested in the challenge of developing socio-technical infrastructure to enable participation in documentary-making, particularly by groups and communities of people who might self-identify as ‘not technical’ and/or ‘not media-savvy’.
Bio: After graduating (MA Film Studies, Newcastle University ) and working as an editor on medical and clinical documentaries, I spent several years at Culture Lab (later Open Lab) in Newcastle, UK, in a variety of technical, creative and research roles. My PhD [2012-2016] – funded by the AHRC Creative Exchange (CX) Knowledge Exchange hub – adopted a collaborative, practice-based approach to explore participation in interactive documentary. I subsequently had postdoctoral roles at Newcastle University and Northumbria University. The latter led to a lead co-editorial role in the forthcoming Taylor and Francis HCI journal special issue on ‘Open Design at the Intersection of Making and Manufacturing’ .
I have received several awards for both my research and my creative work, including ‘Honourable Mention’ at the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing (CHI’16)  and the ‘Grand Challenge Award’  at EuroiTV’13 (now ACM TVX).
I am currently a research fellow at the University of West of England, working full-time on the 2.5 year EPSRC-funded, interdisciplinary ‘Virtual Realities: Immersive Documentary Encounters’ project. As part of the research team, I have been developing an Interactive History of Nonfiction in Virtual Reality and conducting one of the first ever qualitative studies of VR use in the home (summer-autumn 2018) exploring the social and cultural aspects of VR nonfiction use in the context of people’s homes.