debbie maxwellI am a Research Fellow at the Centre for Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh. 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 research project, ‘Telling the Bees’ (£53K) and was PI on ‘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 am also Co-I on ‘Listening to Voices: Creative Disruptions with the Hearing Voices Network’, a £48K AHRC Connected Communities research project. Finally, I am also a researcher on the AHRC Knowledge Exchange Hub, Design in Action.