The IN-TOUCH team is led by Professor Carey Jewitt and based at UCL Knowledge Lab, University College London.
Douglas Atkinson is a PhD candidate attached to IN-TOUCH. His research interests include touch perception of physical and digital objects, and the emotional, multi-modal and cross-modal experience of making. His PhD research focuses on digitally capturing the forms of touch used to gain knowledge and mediate the making process during the hands-on development of a garment. Douglas has previously been a Research Associate on the ‘Digital Sensoria: Design through Digital Perceptual Experience’ project (RCUK Digital Economy Programme, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London & Brunel University London) and Co-Investigator on MIDAS (ESRC, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London). He holds a part time Research Fellowship at London College of Fashion and guest lectures on fashion and digital technologies at a number of universities. He has published in the Journal of Design Research and contributed a chapter to Digital Bodies: Creativity and Technology in the Arts and Humanities (2017, Broadhurst & Price Eds.).
Ned Barker is a Senior Research Fellow at the UCL Knowledge Lab. His research interests focus on the complex relationships between the body, society, and technology. Ned has used sensory ethnography to explore these themes, and has contributed to innovations within this methodology. He has worked as a Senior Research Associate at the University of East Anglia, where he researched Sports Coaching, the Performing Arts, Student Transition, and Digital Futures. With a background in the Sociology of Education, he has worked as a Lecturer in Education (University of Lincoln). Ned’s recent publications include a chapter titled, ‘An Ethnographer Lured into Darkness’ in Rethinking Ethnography in Higher Education (2020, Springer).
Dimitri Chubinidze is a post-doctoral ERC/NSF research fellow attached to IN-TOUCH. His major research interest is the relationship between mind, body, and culture, with a central focus on cultural cognition and human adaptive behavior. He was trained in psychological anthropology at Tbilisi State University, Emory University, and UC San Diego. Currently, he is focused on tactile meaning-making in VR and Biofeedback. Dimitri has worked as a lecturer in anthropology and cognitive and social psychology at TSU and the Free University of Tbilisi. He is head of the RD department at TSU and a researcher at Tbilisi State Medical University. Dimitri has recently received the international early-career scholar award from the American Society for Psychological Anthropology (2019). His forthcoming publication includes Strategic elasticity: Georgian heuristics for problem-solving (2020).
Lili Golmohammadi is a PhD candidate attached to IN-TOUCH. Her research interests include digital communication technologies, design education and critical design. Her PhD research explores the relationships between loneliness, touch and touch technologies. She has recently written a piece on the methodological challenges of moving her research online in the pandemic for the International Journal of Social Research Methodology. Lili has extensive experience devising and leading community-based arts projects, an example of which is an open-participation event at the Wellcome Collection exploring media representations of female ageing. Lili is also a Research Assistant in Design Education at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Carey Jewitt is Professor of Learning and Technology and Director of UCL Knowledge Lab. Her research interests include researching technology-mediated interaction, the development of multimodal research theory and methods, and innovating research methods across the social sciences and arts. She has directed a number of large research projects on methodological innovation, most recently MODE ‘Multimodal Methods for Researching Digital Data and Environments’ (ESRC, MODE.ioe.ac.uk) and MIDAS ‘Methodological Innovation in Digital Arts and Social Sciences’ (ESRC, MIDAS.ioe.ac.uk). Carey is a founding Editor of the journal Visual Communication (Sage), and her recent publications include Introducing Multimodality (2016) with Bezemer and O’Halloran, The Sage Handbook of Researching Digital Technologies (2014) with Price and Brown, and The Routledge Handbook of Multimodal Analysis (2014).
Kerstin Leder Mackley is a Senior Research Fellow at the UCL Knowledge Lab. Her research interests are in sensory and visual ethnographic research approaches as applied to the study of everyday experiences and activities, emerging technologies and design futures. She has been a Research Associate on a number of projects, including ‘LEEDR: Low Effort Energy Demand Reduction’ (Loughborough Uni) and ‘TOTeM: Tales of Things and electronic Memory’ (Brunel Uni), both funded by Digital Economy Research Councils UK. She has published in a range of international journals, including Media, Culture & Society, TOCHI, Visual Studies, and the Journal of Design Research. Kerstin’s recent publications include Making Homes: Ethnography and Design (2017) with Pink, Moroşanu, Mitchell and Bhamra.
Robin Samuelsson is a Postdoctoral Fellow connected with the IN-TOUCH project, working out of Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden. His former research includes topics such as play-based learning settings, embodied cultural learning, children’s multimodal communication in digital science learning, and the role of gesture in early childhood learning environments. He is working on the postdoctoral project ‘The Possibilities and Limits of Play’ on children’s communication in multilingual communities, using methods from multimodal and sensory ethnography. Together with IN-TOUCH and move2learn, Robin studies the role of touch for learning in early childhood education settings and the communicational possibilities that come with the changing technological landscape.
Sara Price is Professor of Digital Learning at the UCL Knowledge Lab and Co-I on IN-TOUCH. Her research interests focus on the design, development and evaluation of emerging digital technologies (mobile, tangible, sensor) for learning, teaching and training in school and health related education. In particular, her recent work engages with theories of embodiment, how sensory and bodily interaction can be mediated through digital technology, and the role of this in supporting new ways of thinking and meaning making. She has led a number of research projects, most recently ‘Researching Embodiment in Digital Environments’ (ESRC, NCRM); ‘Fostering Cross-curricular Geoweb Technology Use in Education’ (UCL/IOE); and she is currently Co-I on ‘WeDraw’ (EU) and ‘Move2Learn: Engaging Preschool Scientists through Embodiment and Technology’ (Wellcome Trust, ESRC, NSF). Her recent publications include Digital Bodies: Creativity and Technology in the Arts and Humanities, with Sue Broadhurst (2017); and The Sage Handbook of Researching Digital Technologies (2014) with Jewitt and Brown.
Nikoleta Yiannoutsou is a Research Fellow at the UCL Knowledge Lab. Her research interests lie at the intersection of education, psychology, design and technology studies. Her work focuses on the design and evaluation of emerging technologies (multi-sensory technologies, robotics, mobile technologies and digital games) for learning in school and culture related education. She has worked as Research Associate in a number of projects, most recently: ‘WeDraw: Exploiting the best sensory modality for learning arithmetic and geometrical concepts based on ICT multi-sensory technologies and Serious Games’, ‘ER4STEM (EU) Educational Robotics for STEM’. Nikoleta’s recent publications include: Exploring how children interact with 3D shapes using haptic technologies, with Johnson and Price (2018); Children challenging the design of half-baked games: Expressing values through the process of game modding, with Kynigos (2018).