Greetings! I’m Dr. Kat Braybrooke. I’m a digital anthropologist🧞♀️ and design researcher who explores the politics and spaces of creative & peer-to-peer production. I've studied the dynamics of hacker collectives, museum makerspaces, public libraries & open source cultures in the UK, Canada and China, and I direct the global design studio Wê & Üs, where I work with communities to build care-based digital encounters on their own terms. My current projects examine how creative, multispecies practices can foster social & ecological transformation, and how museums can co-design alternative cultural experiences with/for isolated & vulnerable publics.
Other than ✨cyberspace, I have lived and worked around the world, including Las Vegas🌵, Vancouver🌲, London💸, Oxford 🏰, and Berlin 🚀. I have spent the last decade leading co-design and curatorial projects for open technology and third-sector organisations including Mozilla, the Open Knowledge Foundation, Open Media, Oxfam, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and the Liu Centre for Global Issues to address digital marginalisation through critical making and design justice. My work has been featured in media like 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 currently 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 in Media & Cultural Studies with the University of Sussex Digital Humanities Lab, which combined ethnographic and design research to explore user 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 relations of female hackers in free & open software.
I am always happy to discuss new ideas. Find me on email or Twitter. 🎏