I am a third-year Digital Civics PhD student at Newcastle University, working with powered wheelchair users to understand their experiences of ‘getting about’ cities and public spaces through the use of mobile technologies. Together, we are exploring ways that these experiences might be used to bring about more accessible places and interactions. This work lies at the intersection of disability studies, human geography, sociology, urbanism and human computer interaction.

I am particularly interested in the roles played by technologies in diverse, geographically dispersed communities, such as diasporas and those living with chronic conditions such as rare diseases, and how technologies may be used to enhance civic participation and influence policymaking.

Prior to my PhD, I worked in translational neuromuscular research for the TREAT-NMD Alliance, working especially on liaison and engagement between clinicians, researchers, patients and families as part of the CARE-NMD project.