Kat Braybrooke is an ethnographer, designer and curator who utilises creative research methods to explore the critical implications of digital cultures (like hackers), spaces (like makerspaces in museums) and practices (like commons-based peer production), with a focus on issues of social and environmental justice.
Other than ✨cyberspace, Kat has called Las Vegas 🌵, Vancouver🌲, London💸, Oxford🕯 and Berlin 🌋 home, and she has spent the past decade working in community media arts, open technology and the cultural sector, with collaborators 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 enable greater digital access for marginalised and non-binary users through open source tools and critical making interventions. Kat’s work has been featured on BBC, Guardian, DAZED, Rabble, Furtherfield and The Tyee, and she is a co-founder of studiõ wê & üs, the Open Design & Hardware Network and an editor of the Journal of Peer Production.
Kat passed her PhD in Media & Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex with minor corrections in November 2019, which was made possible by a scholarship from the Sussex Humanities Lab. For this project, she combined ethnographic and critical action research to explore user experiences of power and access at the UK’s first makerspaces within museums like Tate and the British Museum. She was also Visiting Scholar in human-environment relations at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin IRI-THESys from May to September 2019, where she examined how circular economy (CE) policy was interpreted by makers in China as a delegate of British Council Living Research. She holds a MSc Digital Anthropology (Distinction) from University College London for “She-Hackers”, an ethnographic study of gender subjectivities amongst female hackers in free software.
To get in touch, find Kat on email or Twitter. 🎏