I am currently working as a Research Associate on projects funded by Digital Economy Research Centre (DERC) with Dr. Rob Comber and Prof. Geoff Vigar. Having completed my PhD on the use of digital games in participatory planning practices at University of Manchester, I joined OpenLab in December 2016.
My research continues to explore the role of new media in participatory planning processes with a specific focus on understanding the nature of these tools and the many ways they can be integrated into the planning processes. Having had my MSc on Geospatial analysis and earth observation tools for urban planning in 2012 from University of Twente in the Netherlands, I have also worked as a spatial analyst in various projects (e.g. GM poverty monitoring (http://www.gmpovertyaction.org/poverty-monitor/) and Commute flow (http://www.commute-flow.net/) ) in the Spatial Policy and Analysis Laboratory (previously known as Centre for Urban Policy Studies) at University of Manchester. My main research interests are planning theory, the use of new media for participatory practices, digital place-making, fiction and storytelling.