Dr. Sharon Burley

Head of Design in the School of Engineering & Design, Brunel University. Her principal research is on developing new textile materials for fashion through transferring technology from the technical textiles sector to design (3D textiles, holographic textiles). She has consulted for Courtaulds Textiles, London, Gianni Versace, Milan, Marks & Spencer, London, and Unilever, UK, and produced design work for Design Intelligence, UK, and Mantero, Italy.

She has lectured in technical textiles and design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, the Royal College of Art, London, Musashino Art University, Tokyo and Nagoya University of Arts, Nagoya, Japan, the Architectural Association, London, and Kingston University. Sharon has been awarded numerous national and international design awards including the Josef Otten Award for Technical Innovation and the Ideacomo Award for Printing and Dyeing from the Japanese Fashion Foundation. Sharon hasSharon is a member of AHRC Peer Review College, has conducted peer review for the Leverhulme Trust, the EPSRC, and the Technology Strategy Board. She is a member of the Academic Group of the TechniTex Faraday Partnership; a member of the commissioning panel for the AHRC initiative “Beyond Text”, and a panel member for the RCUK Digital Economy “Research in the Wild” scheme. She sits on the Programme Committee for the Avantex Symposium (Germany), on the Smart Materials and Systems Committee of the Institute of Materials, UK, and on the advisory group of the Smart Materials Sector, Materials KTN. She is a member of the programme committee for ACHI 2010, The Third International Conference on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions, part of Digital World 2010. Sharon is also a London Technology Network business fellow.

Dr. Chris Speed

Reader in Digital Architecture across the Schools of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the Edinburgh College of Art, teaching undergraduate, masters and supervising PhD students. As a research active designer, he works within the field of Digital Architecture, Human Geography and Social Computing developing new forms of spatial practice that transform our experience of the built environment.

Chris is the lead academic on a GPS tool for historical maps funded by JISC, the PI of a large UK academic team investigating social memory within the ‘Internet of Things’ funded by the EPSRC (£1.3mill), a member of the AHRC Peer Review College, a board member of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on ‘The Body in the Social Sciences’ specialising in the bodies relationship with space and technology, and member of the advisory board for the Institute of Digital Art & Technology (i DAT) which is a HEFCE & Arts Council England funded ‘Centre of Expertise’ facilitating regional, national and international collaborations and cultural projects.

Dr. Martin Phillips

Reader in Social and Cultural Geography at the University of Leicester.  His recent work has focused on the material and symbolic constructions of rural space, with particular regard to the social relations and identities of class and gender. He is also conducting work on museum geographies, retail led-gentrification, filmic geographies and adaptations to climate change.

Martin is external examiner for University of Dublin and has given key note presentation on: ‘People, culture and nature in the rural-urban fringe’ at the Joint Meeting of the International Grassland Congress and the International Rangeland Congress, Hohot, Inner Mongolia, China; and on New-Build Gentrifications: Forms, Places and Processes, at the International SeminarInstitute of Geography, University of Neuchâtel. He is a member of ESRC Peer review College.

Amadu Wurie Khan

Research Associate at Edinburgh College of Art. He is interested in employing interdiciplinary shorlarship in understanding forms of communication (human, social & political; and digital, verbal, written, mass media, performance, symbolic), social policy, media and cultural studies, discourse and literary studies, human rights, asylum-seeking migration and the refugee condition. 

Previously he has undertaken extensive research on oral art performance, media and armed conflict in Africa, media representation of asylum in the UK and the refugee condition. Amadu has university teaching experience and his academic activity has been further enhanced by his work as a renowned storyteller, performance poet, journalist and human rights activist.

Jane Macdonald

Jane has an impressive record on working (co-ordination and administration) of digital technology research projects including the  TOTeM (Tales of Things and Electronic Memory) research project at the Edinburgh College of  Art; the Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Architecture Design and the City(Museums and Institutions industry); coordinating events for Scotland’s presence at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2008; and  served as Development Assistant for the Neilston Development Trust (Architecture & Planning industry).

Jane’s expertise in the cultral research industry include working as curator, volunteer, organiniser or fundraiser for oral history projects, the Six Cities Design Festival across Scotland, exhibitions and Events Assistant for ACCESS to Architecture programme, British Council (Design Project Assistant, souvenirs exhibition), Architecture Foundation (intern), Urban Age LSE (project administrator), DACS (administrator), The Lighthouse (intern), Glasgow Art Club (archive assistant).

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