Kat Braybrooke is a social scientist and designer who works across anthropology, geography and science and technology (STS) fields to explore the politics of digitally-mediated spaces and practices, with a particular interest in how creative producers like makers and hackers associate with cultural infrastructures like museums, and how these relations can foster social and environmental justice.
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 that include 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 how circular economy policy is interpreted by makers 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 networks, experiences and imaginaries at the UK’s first hacker- and makerspaces within museums, including Tate Britain, Tate Modern 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, Kat can be found on email or Twitter. 🎏