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Grounded in human geography, and with a strong commitment to interdisciplinary and collaborative scholarship, my research includes theoretically-informed inquiry into the entanglements of the spatial, digital, sensory and affective in people’s experiential worlds. I investigate how people experience and understand design and technology in their surroundings, particularly in shared, public spaces and events.

My research takes place in a range of settings, scales and technologies. I have a longstanding research interest in the digital aspects of spatiality, aimed at understanding how people use, experience and imagine technology. A current focus is the use and impact of robots in public space, and the implications for new forms of human-robot collaboration.

Another enduring research interest is in memorial and heritage sites, investigating how their distinct affective and sensory affordances contribute to feelings of identity and collectivity. My reframing of state commemoration foregrounds its experiential aspects, including the contributions of digital technologies, and shows how these complicate its narration and political deployment.

My research is conducted through inventive digital, visual, sensory and design ethnographic methodologies, approaches that many of my PhD students also employ. I welcome inquiries from potential PhD students.

Education/Academic qualification

Sociology, PhD, Australian National University

Award Date: 15 Jun 2011

Nationalism Studies, MSc, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Sep 1996

Sociology/Anthropology, BA, Carleton College

Award Date: 1 Jun 1992

Research area keywords

  • Atmospheres
  • Technology
  • Public Space
  • Design
  • Design Ethnography
  • Commemoration


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