Kat Braybrooke is a digital anthropologist, designer and founder of Studiõ Wê & Üs whose work explores the critical implications of creative digital spaces, practices and communities around the world - from makerspaces in cultural institutions to commons-based peer production - and their associations with issues of social and environmental justice.
Other than ✨cyberspace, Kat has called Las Vegas 🌵, Vancouver🌲, London💸, Oxford🕯 and Berlin 🌋 home, and has spent the past 10 years working with media arts and third sector 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 enable greater digital access for marginalised groups 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 , the Open Design & Hardware Network and an editor of the Journal of Peer Production.
Kat completed her PhD in Media & Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex in autumn of 2019, 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. Kat was 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 also 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. 🎏