After graduating from the University of Sussex with a BA in Film Studies in 2010 I spent five years working in the digital media and IT industries, first as a freelance computer animator before moving on to production and administration roles at an award-winning digital media agency, Cogapp, and finally into a technical operations role at Semantico, a digital publishing partner. I joined my local makerspace, Build Brighton, in 2011 through an interest in programming and electronics, and became a trustee in 2012. Over the next three years I organised workshops and public engagement events for Build Brighton, worked as a producer on the annual Brighton Mini Maker Faire which promoted maker culture to over 2,000 visitors a year at the prestigious Brighton Corn Exchange, and visited other makerspaces and maker faires all over the UK. After noticing a lack of women in the technical industry I was working in, and seeing this reflected in the maker community I was a part of, I returned to academia in 2015 to investigate ways of improving women’s access to technology via the maker movement. I gained my MSc in Science, Technology and Society from University College London in 2016, and began my PhD research in the department of Science & Technology Studies there.
(2016). Who’s in and who’s out: the state of the field of the UK maker movement (Unpublished master’s dissertation). University College London.
Talks & Presentations
(2016). What even is a ‘maker’?: how we see ourselves and how other people see us. Electromagnetic Field, Guildford, UK, 5-7 August 2016.
Workshops & Events
(2012-2015). Brighton Mini Maker Faire, Brighton, UK. Producer.
(2012-2014). Young Rewired State, Brighton, UK. Coding summer school facilitator.
(2013). White Heat, Brighton Science Festival, Brighton, UK. Soldering workshop facilitator.