The IN-TOUCH team is based at UCL Knowledge Lab, and led by Carey Jewitt, with Sara Price.
Carey Jewitt is Professor of Learning and Technology and Director of UCL Knowledge Lab, University College London. Her research interests are the development of visual and multimodal research theory and methods, video-based research, and researching technology-mediated interaction. She has led a number of 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 (second edition) (2014).
Sara Price is Professor of Digital Learning at the UCL Knowledge Lab. 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); GeoSciTeach (JISC); and she is currently CoI on WeDraw (EU). Her recent publications include Digital Bodies: Creativity and Technology in the Arts and Humanities, with Sue Broadhurst (forthcoming); The Sage Handbook of Researching Digital Technologies (2014) with Jewitt and Brown; Embodied experiences of place: A study of history learning with mobile technologies (2016) Journal of Computer Assisted Learning with Jewitt and Sakr.
Kerstin Leder Mackley joined the IN-TOUCH project as Senior Research Associate at the UCL Knowledge Lab in April 2017. She brings to the project an expertise in sensory and visual ethnographic research approaches as applied to the study of everyday experiences and activities, emerging technologies and design futures. Previous projects have explored the role of memory, emotions and material culture in the context of the Internet of Things (TOTeM: Tales of Things and electronic Memory, Brunel University) and the sensory dimensions of energy use and digital media in relation to domestic energy consumption (LEEDR: Low Effort Energy Demand Reduction) and hot water futures (Hothouse, both at Loughborough University). Kerstin has published in a range of international journals, including Media, Culture & Society, TOCHI, Visual Studies, and the Journal of Design Research. Recent publications include Making Homes: Ethnography and Design (2017) with Pink, Moroşanu, Mitchell and Bhamra. She is also co-author of the Energy & Digital Living website, directed by Sarah Pink.
Douglas Atkinson joined the IN-TOUCH project in October 2017 as a PhD Candidate at UCL Knowledge Lab. He brings experience in design research interrogating touch perception of physical and digital objects and an interest in the emotional, multi-modal and cross-modal experience of making. His PhD studies will focus on digitally capturing the forms of touch used to gain knowledge and mediate the making process during the hands-on development of a garment. This embodied knowledge, gained through interactions with materials and bodies (or their surrogates) is vital, yet increasingly lost as fashion education is digitised and skilled makers do not pass on their expertise. A thorough understanding of touch behaviour in this context, and the possibilities for it to be digitally captured and replayed may inform future interface and peripheral design which support embodied knowledge and enable its transmission.
Douglas’ previous research roles have included Research Assistant on the RCUK Digital Economy Programme Digital Sensoria: design through digital perceptual experience project (Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London & Brunel University London) and Co-Investigator on the ESRC MIDAS (Methodological Innovation in Digital Arts and Social Sciences): Digital Technology and Embodiment project (London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London). He has presented his research at a number of international conferences on Human Computer Interaction, published in the Journal of Design Research and contributed a chapter to the upcoming Digital Bodies: Creativity and Technology in the Arts and Humanities (Broadhurst & Price Eds.).
Douglas also holds a part time Research Fellowship at London College of Fashion and guest lectures on fashion and digital technologies at a number of UK Universities.