I am Assistant Professor in Media and Communications at the London School of Economics, researching open source culture, information policy, and civic communications and data activism. I was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute. I look at how the actions of of hackers, activists and advocates influences the structure, function, and policy environment of our communications environment, and how our ability to exercise our rights to communicate changes in a media space transformed by an orientation towards data and sensor technology.
I coordinate the MSc in Media and Communication, Data & Society.
I am committed to undertaking empirical social research that helps to develop communication and information policy in the public good, and to understanding the transformations that are accompanying the development of more interactive communication technologies.
I grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada – a university and government city looking out onto the plains of the high prairies. The wide horizons inspired adventure, and I moved across the country to study in the Arts and Science Program at McMaster University.
After completing my bachelor’s degree, I made a brief foray into the television industry. I then moved to Toronto to undertake a Master’s degree in Communication and Culture at York University and Ryerson University. Curiosity inspired my thesis work: an ethnography of an internet café.
Still curious about the role of technology in the places and spaces of cities, I moved to Montreal for a PhD in Communication Studies at Concordia University, and began working with members of Île Sans Fil, a grassroots community WiFi group. I followed the community WiFi movement as it nourished the boom in municipal WiFi projects in North America, and influenced discourses and practices of media reform.
After working at ENST in France, I followed my heart to the UK. I began at Media@LSE in 2010, after holding a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Oxford Internet Institute.
I was a member of the Canadian Research Alliance for Community Innovation and Networking, the Community Wireless Infrastructure Research Project, and the Ethos Group.
In my spare time, I have been known to build interactive art projects, perform on the trapeze, tend my garden, and row on the Thames. I love cycling and have been riding my bike everywhere for the last 10 years.