Greetings! I’m Dr. Kat Braybrooke🧞♀️, an ethnographer and design researcher whose research explores the spaces, inequalities and interventions of technological cultures. I operate at the intersection of science/technology studies, cultural geography and critical design, and have particular expertise in the material publics of commons-based cultures, with whom I explore power relations and experiences of agency, access and identity. This has involved working with hacker networks, museum makerspaces, craft collectives and free/open source communities across Europe, Canada and China. As co-director of the global design studio Wê & Üs, I also advise a wide range of public institutions and communities on how to foster social & ecological transformation through creative digital participation.
Other than ✨cyberspace, I have lived and worked as a “third culture kid” around the world, including Las Vegas🌵, Vancouver🌲, London💸, Oxford 🏰, and Berlin 🚀. I have spent a decade facilitating high-impact citizen governance, design and cultural programmes for mission-driven organisations including Mozilla, the Open Knowledge Foundation, Open Media, Oxfam, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Liu Centre for Global Issues which integrate hands-on approaches like critical making, tactical media and design justice to address historical inequalities. My work has been featured in media such as BBC, Guardian, DAZED, Furtherfield & The Tyee, and I am a member of RMIT’s Care-full Design Lab and an editor of the Journal of Peer Production.
And now, a bit about research: I’m currently working as Research Fellow on the CreaTures (Creative Practices for Transformational Futures) project, where we are examining the links between creative multispecies practices and socioecological transformation. I am also Visiting Researcher at the King’s College London Dept of Digital Humanities, where I am on a covid-19 rapid response project exploring how cultural producers can design accessible experiences with/for isolated and vulnerable publics. For my PhD with the University of Sussex Digital Humanities Lab, I conducted an ethnography of public experiences of power, access and agency at the UK’s first spaces for digital making & learning in museums, working in collaboration with Tate Britain, Tate Modern, the British Museum & Wellcome Collection. In 2019, I was Visiting Scholar in human-environment relations at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin IRI-THESys, where I examined how circular economy policy was articulated by makers in China as a delegate of the British Council. I have a MSc Digital Anthropology (Distinction) from University College London for “She-Hackers”, an ethnographic study of the intersectional subjectivities of female hackers in Free Software.
I am always happy to discuss new collaborations. You can find me on email or Twitter. 🎏