Kat Braybrooke is a social scientist and community designer whose work combines anthropological, geographical, STS and design-based approaches to explore the knowledge politics of digitally-mediated spaces and practices, in particular the emerging relations between maker cultures, new modes of production, institutions and climate resillience.
Other than ✨cyberspace, Kat has called Las Vegas 🌵, Vancouver🌲, London💸, Oxford🕯 and currently Berlin 🌋 home, and she has spent the past decade working as a designer and community organiser for cultural sector and open technology organisations like 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 interventions. Her work has been featured on BBC, Guardian, DAZED, Rabble, Furtherfield and The Tyee, and she is a co-founder of the Open Design and Hardware Network and an editor of the Journal of Peer Production.
Kat is currently Visiting Scholar at the Research Institute on Transformations of Human Environment Relations of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, where she has been engaged in research on circular economy policy and maker practices in Chengdu, China as a delegate of the British Council Living Research project. She has just submitted her PhD thesis at the University of Sussex, made possible by a full scholarship from the Sussex Humanities Lab, which utilised ethnographic and action research to explore user experiences of power, space and access at the UK’s first hacker- and makerspaces within museums, including Tate and the British Museum. Kat also holds a MSc Digital Anthropology (Distinction) in 2011 from University College London for “She-Hackers”, an ethnographic study of the gender subjectivities of young female F/LOSS (Free, Libre, Open Source Software) hackers in Europe.
To get in touch, find Kat on email or Twitter. 🎏