Greetings! I’m Dr. Kat Braybrooke. I’m a social scientist / designer🧞♀️ whose work explores the politics of collaborative cultures and spaces. I typically operate at the intersections of feminist technoscience, sustainability and critical design practices, and I've studied the shifting dynamics of hacker collectives, art museums, libraries and open source communities in Europe, Canada and China. I direct the global design studio Wê & Üs, where I advise public institutions on how to invite their communities to the table through material participation (e.g. digital making) and commoning (e.g. cooperation, sharing and care). My current projects examine the links between creative multispecies practices and socio-ecological transformation, and how museums can co-design remote cultural experiences with/for isolated and vulnerable publics in times of crisis.
Other than ✨cyberspace, I have lived and worked around the world, including Las Vegas🌵, Vancouver🌲, London💸, Oxford 🏰, and Berlin 🚀. I have spent the last 10 years leading co-design and public engagement programmes at the intersection of technology and culture for third-sector organisations including Mozilla, the Open Knowledge Foundation, Open Media, Oxfam, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Liu Centre for Global Issues, with a focus on addressing digital marginalisation through critical making and design justice methods. My work with creative communities has been featured in media including BBC, Guardian, DAZED, Furtherfield & The Tyee, and I am a member of RMIT’s Care-full Design Lab and an editor of the Journal of Peer Production.
I am now a Research Fellow on the H2020-funded project CreaTures, and Visiting Researcher at the King’s College London Department of Digital Humanities. I completed my PhD with the University of Sussex Digital Humanities Lab, which combined ethnographic and design research to explore public experiences of power, agency and access at the UK’s first makerspaces in museums at Tate, the British Museum & the Wellcome Collection. In 2019, I was Visiting Scholar in human-environment relations at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin IRI-THESys, where I examined how circular economy policy was articulated by makers in China as a delegate of the British Council. I have a MSc Digital Anthropology (Distinction) from University College London for “She-Hackers”, an ethnographic study of the intersectional subjectivities of female hackers in free & open software.
I am always happy to discuss new collaborations. You can find me on email or Twitter. 🎏