I am a researcher and a collaborative, creative practitioner and producer. I’m currently working on the Giving Voice to Digital Democracies project, based at CRASSH, University of Cambridge. My work focuses on the societal and ethical implications of language-based technologies, such as dialogue agents and other natural language processing applications. Current projects explore the linguistic expression of bias and prejudice in textual datasets, and what this means for developing equitable processes and systems. More generally, I am interested in social justice and intersectional feminist approaches to data science and machine learning.
After completing a Master’s in English Literature at Oxford, I began working on various digital projects, with a particular focus on information architecture and user experience design. I then completed a masters in Media & Arts Technology and a PhD within the Computational Linguistics Lab at Queen Mary, University of London. My thesis focused on (dis)agreement and stance in dialogue, combining approaches from experimental psychology and computational linguistics.
Previously, I have held postdoctoral positions at the Universities of York (Digital Creativity Labs) and Newcastle (Open Lab). These positions have enabled me to explore the role of digital technologies, machine learning and the use of novel mediums in supporting more meaningful and engaging interactions with data. My applied research & creative practice has involved collaborations with leading cultural institutes, including BBC and Barbican. As a creative practitioner and producer, I have worked with community arts organisations, such as MzTek and Guerilla Science. I have also produced and collaborated on projects for Barbican, York Mediale, Green Man and Shambala festivals and Kino Klalssika, amongst others.