I am a practice-based PhD researcher at UWE Bristol, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council through the 3D3 Centre for Doctoral Training. My research in immersive media and interactive documentary is informed by anthropology, phenomenology and gender studies. I have two forthcoming peer-reviewed articles and will submit my PhD thesis Spring 2021.

Since 2016, I have spoken at numerous academic conferences and symposia and given public-facing facing talks on my research internationally. I have also taught as a guest lecturer for courses at UWE, University of Bristol and the University of Manchester.

I am currently a New Scholars fellow, Bristol+Bath Creative R+D Creative Ecologies pathfinder, funded by Creative Industries Clusters Programme

2020 talks: Barbican Centre (London); Goethe-Institut China (Beijing); DOK Leipzig

2021 talks: SXSW ‘Meet the Researchers’ as part of the UK House; Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival conference; Pervasive Media Studio lunchtime talk

PhD thesis

Through the Wardrobe: Exploring the potential of headset-based augmented reality to provide a Thirdspace immersive media experience
My PhD research in the field of immersive and interactive documentary studies (i-docs) investigates the use of AR headsets in a location-based installation context. Intertwining theory and methods from gender studies, visual anthropology, phenomenology and geography, my thesis contends that the experience in the AR headset constitutes a ‘Thirdspace’, a term adapted from geographer Edward Soja to describe the concurrent blend of physical and virtual space.
Supervised by Professor Mandy Rose and Dr Gillian Swanson – to be submitted Spring 2021

journal articles

‘Multisensory Ethnography Through Emplaced Augmented Reality’ (Forthcoming, under peer review), AnthroVision 2021.

‘Questioning “what makes us human”: how audiences react to an AI-driven show’ (Forthcoming, under peer review) Lead author. Co-authors Rik Lander and Phil D Hall

Academic activities

Selected for the New Scholars fellowship scheme, Bristol+Bath Creative R+D Creative Ecologies pathfinder, funded by Creative Industries Clusters Programme

Selected to be part of the inaugural cohort of the 2018 TV PhD scheme at the Edinburgh TV Festival, supported by the Arts & Humanities Research Council

Being Human Festival of the Humanities (2018) – ‘End of Gender?’ – ran public engagement event to share my research with new audiences

Other published work and talks

Part of ‘Meet the Researchers’, SXSW 2021, UK House

Delivered Pervasive Media Studio Friday Lunchtime Talk, ‘Making through Failing’ (5 Feb 2021)

‘Moving Layers’ R&D with National Dance Company Wales
(Blogpost 2020)