Kat Braybrooke is a social scientist, designer & co-founder of Studiõ Wê & Üs who combines ethnographic, co-design, geo-spatial and feminist STS approaches to explore the critical implications of third places like museums, libraries & makerspaces, and creative peer production from remixing to hacking, and critical making to craft. In doing so, her work asks “how can collaborative material participation faciltiate social and ecological transformation?”
Other than ✨cyberspace, Kat has lived and worked around the world, calling cities like Las Vegas 🌵, Vancouver🌲, London💸, Oxford🕯 and Berlin 🌋 home. She has spent the past 10 years leading digital and curatorial projects in collaboration with the global communities of 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 and underheard groups through open source platforms, international festivals, co-learning engagements 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 participatory action research in the form of co-design to explore user experiences of power, agency and access at the UK’s first makerspaces in museums like Tate and the British Museum. Kat is currently a Visiting Researcher at the King’s College London Department of Digital Humanities, and she recently completed a post as Visiting Scholar in human-environment relations at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin IRI-THESys, where she examined how circular economy (CE) policy was being interpreted by creative practitioners in China as a delegate of British Council Living Research. She holds a MSc Digital Anthropology (Distinction) from University College London for “She-Hackers”, an ethnographic study of gender subjectivities and power relations amongst female hackers in free software.
To get in touch, find Kat on email or Twitter. 🎏