Kat Braybrooke is a design researcher, social scientist and director of Studiõ Wê & Üs who combines ethnographic, co-design, geographic and feminist technoscience methods to explore the critical implications of ‘third places’ like museums, libraries, community gardens & makerspaces, and creative digital practices like hacking, critical making, peer production & the commons, as possible sites of social & ecological transformation.
Other than ✨cyberspace, Kat has called Las Vegas 🌵, Vancouver🌲, London💸, Oxford🕯 and Berlin 🌋 home, and she has spent the past 10 years leading co-design and curatorial projects at third sector and open technology 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 diversity and access for marginalised groups through open source tools, international festivals, co-learning 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 2019, which was made possible by a scholarship from the Sussex Humanities Lab. For this project, she combined ethnographic and co-design as action research to explore user experiences of power, agency 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 communities.
To get in touch, find Kat on email or Twitter. 🎏