Dr. Kat Braybrooke is a digital anthropologist, designer & director of Studiõ Wê & Üs who studies the dynamics of creative communities, from hackers to crafters, across physical and virtual terrains. She also explores how collective spaces (from museums to makerspaces) can harness cultural heritage in ways that foster social and ecological transformation, and how collective action is associated with “hacks”, or shifts in a society’s status quo.
Other than ✨cyberspace, Kat has lived & worked around the world, including Las Vegas 🌵 Vancouver🌲 London💸 Oxford🕯& Berlin 🌋. She has spent the last decade leading co-design and curatorial projects for the global communities of third-sector and open technology organisations including 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 address digital power asymmetries for marginalised groups through open source platforms, co-learning events and critical making interventions. Kat’s work has been featured on BBC, Guardian, DAZED, Rabble, Furtherfield and The Tyee, and she is a member of RMIT’s Care-full Design Lab and an editor of the Journal of Peer Production.
Kat is a Research Fellow with the H2020-funded project CreaTures, which examines how creative practices foster sustainable development, and a Visiting Researcher at the King’s College London Department of Digital Humanities. She completed her PhD in Media & Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex in 2019 on scholarship from the Sussex Humanities Lab, which combined ethnographic and action research in the form of co-design to explore user experiences of power, agency and access at the UK’s first makerspaces in museums including Tate and the British Museum. In 2019, Kat was Visiting Scholar in human-environment relations at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin IRI-THESys, where she examined how circular economy policy was being interpreted by maker communities in Chengdu, China as a delegate of British Council Living Research. Kat also holds a MSc Digital Anthropology (Distinction) from University College London for “She-Hackers”, an ethnographic study of the gender subjectivities of female hackers in free software movements.
To get in touch, find Kat on email or Twitter. 🎏