About

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 [2006]) 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’ [2019].

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) [2016] and the ‘Grand Challenge Award’ [2013] 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.