Postgraduate research student
My research interests include bringing together critical & speculative design, STS, requirement engineering, Web technologies and sociology particularly within the context of critical algorithm studies. I am interested in using speculative design as a means to create a space for thinking in a way that is not hindered by practicalities, enabling a conversation between policy and technology about the underlying assumptions on both sides.
My current research is about a speculative framework for auditability in Online Behavioural Tracking and Advertising (OBTA). I build on previous work, draw on theories and concepts from STS, design theory and sociology, employ software engineering methodologies and Semantic Web technologies (W3C PROV) to conceptualise a model for auditability, and conduct qualitative research to speculate if and how this model could come to use and scope its practicality. I argue that this framework enables imagining a plurality of alternative sociotechnical futures that can help rediscovering capacities for hope for breaking through an often imagined future where issues surrounding OBTA are seen as the trade-off for the convenience that they provide.
I am based at the school of Electronics and Computer Science and my research is supervised by Prof. Susan Halford, Prof. Luc Moreau and Dr. Mark Weal.