My research focuses on the intersection of interactive/immersive technologies and Critical Media Literacy. My current research explores the extent to which immersive documentary film can create empathetic experiences. I am also interested in the participatory potential of documentary practice and immersive technology to engage under-represented communities. My doctoral research examined the implications of introducing interactive documentary in a series of Critical Media Literacy interventions. I used Participatory Action Research and Visual Research Methods to propose a “Pedagogy of Difference 2.0”, which is a new approach to teaching and learning with interactive documentary.
Research group membership
British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies
Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association
Research grants and awards
Grants, funding and awards include:
Coventry City of Culture University Partnership funding for immersive audio project
Digital Fluency and Innovation award at the Coventry University Excellence Awards for participation in the AR Prison Break project
Pedagogic Innovation funding for VR project awarded by Coventry University’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Studentship for PhD programme, funded by theCoventry University’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Audience Award (Student Section) at Nicosia Documentary Film Festival for directing, producing and editing short documentary film.
Journey > Arrival: The project uses immersive audio technologies to develop new ways of capturing and interpreting the stories of people seeking refuge in Coventry.
AR Prison Break: I was part of a team designing the educational “legacy” website providing a toolkit for educators to produce learning experiences, using AR technology in the classroom. Funded by Coventry University’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities, in partnership with the British Council.
VR Kaleidoscope: I designed and co-delivered VR project exploring young people’s understanding of place.
Disruptive Media Learning Lab: I provided guidance and expertise for the development of pilot Interactive Documentary aiming to explore the impact of creative pedagogy in teaching and learning for cross-disciplinary learning.
Positive Youth Foundation: I designed and delivered Interactive Documentary training to groups of young people incorporating Mozilla’s Popcorn Maker.