Abigail Durrant

Dr Abigail Durrant is a Leverhulme Fellow at Newcastle University, UK. Abigail is a creative design practitioner and researcher, with an interdisciplinary career spanning the arts and sciences and a longstanding curiosity in the design-led study of human-computer interaction from social and cultural perspectives. Her research in recent years has explored how the development of digital photography and social media may enable or constrain expressions of identity in different contexts and domains, by different communities and cultures. Through her fellowship, her current work explores the role of creative design practice in knowledge generation and communicative exchange within interdisciplinary research project teams grappling with possible technological futures. Abigail is a passionate advocate of dissemination platforms supporting ‘research through design’; she was on the organizing committee for Praxis and Poetics: Research Through Design in 2013 and was General Chair (with Dr John Vines, Newcastle University) of Research Through Design (RTD) 2015, centrally involved in establishing RTD as a biennial conference series.