I am a Lecturer in Design and Interactive Media in Dept of Theatre, Film & Televsion at University of York. I have an MEng (Hons) in Computer Systems Engineering from UMIST, Manchester, an MSc (Distinction) in Animation & Visualisation from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD), University of Dundee, and a PhD in Design and Computing from DJCAD, University of Dundee, UK.
My research focuses on the roles of active storytelling and engagement in digital contexts. I’m interested in the ways that people interact with and reshape technology through stories, as both method and artefacts, and across media.
I am currently PI on AHRC Connected Communities follow on research project, ‘Hacking the Bees’ (£99K) and was PI on AHRC ‘Telling the Bees’ (£53K), and ‘Skills in Action’, an AHRC and Creative Scotland funded ECR Skills Development programme (£10K). I have been a Co-Investigator on two networks, ‘StoryStorm’ (£15K), a Digital Economy Communities & Culture Network+ network; and ‘Seannachies: Addressing Social Isolation through Storytelling’ (£18K), a Scottish Universities Insight Institute programme. I was also Co-I on ‘Listening to Voices: Creative Disruptions with the Hearing Voices Network’, a £48K AHRC Connected Communities research project. All these projects are interdisciplinary and cross-institution, working closely with community groups and organisations and/or industry.