I’m a Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England in Bristol, where I run the BSc in Web Design and teach a mixture of interaction design and game studies/design. I’m also a resident of the Pervasive Media Studio and a member of the Digital Cultures Research Centre.
I have three main areas of interest in my research projects and publishing. First is the continuation of my interest in social media, web 2.0, user-generated content and online communities. My second research area takes my interest in computer gaming and develops it in a theoretical and philosophical direction. Finally I am also interested in the area of ubiquitous/physical/pervasive computing.
Currently Iâ€™m enrolled in a PhD, entitled Playing with Reality: A Cultural Framework for Pervasive Games. This is intended to be a place where the seemingly disparate threads of social media, ubiquitous computing and game studies come together. It is still fairly disparate.
Prior to academia I spent 10 years in the Web industry, leading multi-disciplinary teams on large-scale, complex projects as well as holding senior management roles. Before the move I had jobs such as: a senior consultant with Headshift, product manager for the BBCâ€™s online communities and production director for new media agency Syzygy. At UWE Iâ€™m involved in consultancy and knowledge exchange projects around the subjects of social media design and product management.
One of my responsibilities at UWE is leading the undergraduate Web Design programme. It is a degree that blends technology with design and prepares students to both solve real world problems and provide technical solutions.