Kat Braybrooke is a social scientist and designer who combines critical and creative research methods to explore the politics of digital communities (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 as a designer and curator for cultural sector and open technology organisations such as 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, with the aim being 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 is in the final stage of her PhD, made possible by a scholarship from the University of Sussex Digital Humanities Lab, which combined ethnographic and action research to explore user experiences and practices at the UK’s first makerspaces within museums such as Tate and the British Museum. She was Visiting Scholar in human-environment relations at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin IRI-THESys in 2019, where she researched how circular economy (CE) policy was being interpreted by makers in 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 gender subjectivities amongst female hackers in free software.
To get in touch, find Kat on email or Twitter. 🎏