Exploring air pollution sensing devices and data practices as part of class on data activism.
Exploring air pollution sensors with students in my data activism class.

I believe that universities should be spaces for the cultivation of collective imagination, exploration and experimentation around how we live together and organise social life. I’m particularly interested how critical reflection grounded in social, cultural and historical research can enrich hands-on encounters with data, design and digital technologies in order to understand and respond to contemporary issues, controversies and matters of concern.

Together with colleagues at King’s Department of Digital Humanities and the Public Data Lab I am exploring how researchers, students and groups outside the university can work together on collaborative digital projects which take into account the various perspectives, needs and concerns of those involved. You can read more about this in our article on “engaged research-led teaching: composing collective inquiry with digital methods and data”.

You can find some open access materials and open educational resources for teaching and learning digital methods that I’ve co-developed with friends and colleagues at the Public Data Lab here.

I’ve been involved in convening and/or teaching on the following modules at King’s:

I’m currently supervising PhD projects on AI trouble, open data portals in China and social media practices in higher education. While I have limited capacity for supervising further PhD projects at the moment, inquires from prospective students are welcome.

Previously I’ve been involved in teaching and supervising students on controversy mapping courses set up by Bruno Latour at Sciences Po, Paris; on digital methods at the Digital Methods Initiative, University of Amsterdam; and on digital methods and the politics of data at the Institute for Policy Research, University of Bath. I’m a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.