I am a researcher, educator, and writer living and working in the Waterloo Region. I teach in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo and the User Experience Design program at Wilfrid Laurier University. I am passionate about applied research in the contexts of media studies, UX, creative economies, and urban design.
I have experience working on multi-stakeholder research projects, large and small. I have published research conducted individually as a scholar, as well as in team research and co-authoring contexts. I have also worked frequently as a consultant, authoring and co-authoring applied research reports and recommendations.
As an educator, I have trained, mentored, and supervised research and design projects, taking students from initial scoping and project prioritization, through the development of research questions and a research plan, and into data gathering, analysis, and dissemination.
I am passionate about community building, especially related to local art and culture scenes. I am a community gardener and have written grants for a number of hyper-local community improvements. I was a member of the City of Kitchener’s Art and Culture Advisory Committee for 4 years, including a 2-year term as Chair. In 2019, I joined the Board of Directors for the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery.