Kat Braybrooke is a sociotechical researcher and creative practicioner whose work explores the politics of digitally-mediated spaces and practices, with a particular focus on hacking, making, peer production and climate resillience.
Other than ✨cyberspace, she has called Las Vegas 🌵, Vancouver🌲, London💸 and Oxford🕯 home, and has spent the past decade working for third-sector and open technology organisations like Mozilla, the Open Knowledge Foundation, Open Media, Oxfam, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Aalto University Fablab, UK Parliament, and the Liu Centre for Global Issues to enable greater digital access for marginalised groups through open source tools and designs. Her work has been featured on BBC, Guardian, DAZED, Rabble, Furtherfield and The Tyee, and she is a co-founder of the Open Design and Hardware Network and an editor of the Journal of Peer Production.
Kat is currently Visiting Scholar at the Research Institute on Transformations of Human Environment Relations of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, where she is about to submit her PhD thesis on full scholarship with the University of Sussex Humanities Lab, which utilised ethnographic and action research to explore user experiences of power and space at the UK’s first hacker- and makerspaces within museums, including Tate and the British Museum. Kat also holds a MSc Digital Anthropology (Distinction) in 2011 from University College London for “She-Hackers”, an ethnographic study of the gender subjectivities of young female F/LOSS (Free, Libre, Open Source Software) hackers in Europe, and is always interested in engaging in new collaborations that explore creative practices in China and India.
To get in touch, find Kat on email or Twitter. 🎏