Rachel E Clarke

Rachel E Clarke

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I’m an interdisciplinary researcher working across interaction design, human-computer interaction (HCI) and science and technology studies (STS). My research interests focus on the politics of participatory design and span three core areas;

sustaining design livelihoods in international development re-envisioning equitable humanitarian futures

socio-technical infrastructures of land and resource management particularly for gendered refugee (im)mobilities and indigenous knowledges

smart urbanisation for more than human and multi-species data interactions.

I’m currently a Research Fellow at Northumbria University in the Centre for International Development. As of May 1st 2020 I will joining Open Lab, at Newcastle University as a Senior Lecturer in Interaction Design.

Current Research Projects


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About Me

I have a background in visual and performing arts and trained as a participatory digital arts practitioner. For a decade I collaborated with national and international arts organisations and theatre companies on developing digital engagement projects with marginalised youth and communities before starting my training as a researcher in 2010.

I completed an interdisciplinary PhD at Culture Lab, Newcastle University in 2014 working between the School of Computing and the International Centre for Cultural Heritage Studies. My thesis focused on the role of socially engaged arts in experience-centred design and craft practices for wearable internet of things (IoT) technologies with immigrant women’s social care support groups.

I now co-deliver and manage a portfolio of collaborative interdisciplinary research projects with academic and non-academic partners that speak to, and draw from my extensive experience of participatory arts, design, media and international development.


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