Steering Group

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Dr Anita Greenhill | Theme Lead and Senior Lecturer 

Dr Greenhill's key areas of research interest are in the areas of Networked Usage of Technology within Community, Organisational and Business settings. Under this broad theme she has specialised interests and is actively conducting research into technologically enable work, spatiality, and Internet/ World Wide Web Usage in Organisations. Dr Greenhill has a growing body of published work (more than 60 publications) ranging from examination of virtual space and the impact that new technological developments are having on organisations and people to the use of technology on techno-religious practice. Dr Greenhill recently carried out a research project for the National Coordinating Centre of Public Engagement (NCCPE) examining the engagement practices between Universities and Local Communities. Dr Greenhill has successfully supervised PhD and postgraduate students in these areas as well as establishing industry contacts from which grants can be collaborated with in the near future. Dr Greenhill has received mainstream media interest in research carried out on tribalism and conflict of online communities.

Professor Ricardo Climent | Professor of Interactive Music; Director of the NOVARS Research Centre

Ricardo Climent is Professor of Interactive Music Composition at The University of Manchester, where he serves as director of the NOVARS Research Centre and as head of Composition. For the last few years his research has focused on the potential of game-audio, physics and graphic engines for compositional purposes, using ‘the aural’ as the primary source for navigation and exploration.

Dr Scott Midson | Lecturer in Liberal Arts

Scott Midson is a lecturer and researcher who specialises in the study of theology and posthumanism. Currently, he am researching how 'love' can be used to characterise and problematise human-machine relations. Details of this project can be found at the Lincoln Theological Institute, where he completed postdoctoral research.

Scott is also involved in setting up a Liberal Arts programme for The University of Manchester, based in the School of Arts, Languages, and Cultures (SALC). For more information on this programme, see here.

Professor Mairéad Pratschke | Chair in Digital Education : Associate Director of E-Learning and Teaching Innovation 

Professor Mairéad Pratschke is the Chair in Digital Education and Associate Director for eLearning and Teaching Innovation (SALC). 

John Hodgson

John Hodgson | Associate Director (Curatorial Practices), University of Manchester Library

John is a member of the Library Executive Team with strategic responsibility for the development, promotion and care of the Library’s outstanding Special Collections of rare books, maps, manuscripts, archives and visual collections.

He leads a team of librarians, archivists, curators, conservators, imaging specialists, and experts in public and academic engagement. Many are based at The John Rylands Library, a research powerhouse and a major cultural institution. John also leads the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE Centre, a unique library and archive specialising in the study of race, ethnicity and migration, located within Manchester Central Library.

Dr Johannes Sjöberg | Lecturer in Screen Studies

Johannes Sjöberg is a Lecturer in Screen Studies at the Department of Drama and Film Studies at SALC. Johannes specialises in screen practice as research and teaches documentary, docufiction and virtual reality film in theory and practice. His research focuses on crossovers between Anthropology, Media and Performance as reflected in the practice-based AMP PhD he is convening. Topics of recent research, publications and films include the epistemology of play, ethno science fiction and climate change in ethnographic film.

Steve Devine

Steve Devine | Digital Communications Manager at The Manchester Museum and The Whitworth

Steve's work connects with all areas of digital engagement, content and communications across the diverse range of activities at Manchester Museum and the Whitworth. His experience as a counsellor has led to an interest in the emotional impact of digital technologies.