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Dr Jo Briggs

Anniversary Research Fellow (Interactive Media Design)

Department: Northumbria School of Design

In August 2013 Jo Briggs was appointed Anniversary Research Fellow in Media and Communication Design, a non-teaching three-year post.

Jo -briggs -2I joined the School of Design in early 2012 as researcher on (EPSRC) Digital Originals and took up the role of Anniversary Research Fellow in Interactive Media Design the following year. Before coming to Northumbria I lectured at various universities and art colleges in the UK and Ireland and completed a practice-led AHRC PhD on the 'post conflict' situation in Northern Ireland, as examined through some of the cultural and educational initiatives introduced there after the Good Friday Agreement, including those to promote digital moving image production. This work brought together and expanded a repertoire of acquired experience and training across art and design, creative computing and media broadcast, all of which continues to inform and be further enriched by my ongoing research and practice. 



Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

I use practice-led design approaches to explore complex and/or emergent digital-socio systems primarily across two interconnecting themes: design for digital engagement (or digital ‘literacies’) and the design, use and ‘disruptive’ effects of peer-to-peer systems and platforms.

Methodologically I am interested in the theory and practice of design approaches (e.g. Participatory Design, co-design and digital prototyping) and wider creative practices within multidisciplinary and/or cross-sectoral research, including that situated ‘in the wild’.  

I am a member of the ESRC and AHRC Peer Review Colleges and have reviewed for EPSRC. I also review for a range of international HCI Design conferences which this year included acting as Associate Chair (Design) for Designing Interactive Systems, DIS2016.

Sponsors and Collaborators

ESRC, EPSRC, AHRC, Dstl, CPNI, ERDF, British Council.

Recent academic collaborations have involved colleagues working at the following universities: Newcastle, Durham, Aberdeen, Warwick, RCA, Dundee, Sussex, Surrey, Queen’s Belfast and Leiden.

Other collaborators include: East Durham Area Action Partnership/Durham County Council; Newcastle City Council enterprise team; Sustainable Enterprise Strategies; Locus+; Co-operation Ireland; London Borough of Haringey regeneration team; Leeds Creative Timebank.

Current/Recent Projects

TAPESTRY: Trust, Authentication and Privacy over a DeCentralised Social Registry, EP/N02799X/1, EPSRC, co-I, total bid value £1m; led by University of Surrey (2016–20).

Mobile Media, Digital Civic Engagement and Diasporic Voices: A case study of Zimbabwean immigrants in the UK, ESRC EMoTICON Network, co-I, total bid value £2,600; led by Northumbria University (2016).

The Trust Map: Investigating Power, Trust and Empathy in Minority Communities through Digital Interventions, ES/M003566/1; ESRC, EPSRC, AHRC, Dstl and CPNI; co-I, total bid value £750,000; led by University of Aberdeen (2014–17).

EMoTICON ESRC-funded network for PIs; led by University of Loughborough (2014–17).

Creative Temporal Costings: exploring the multiplicity of value through collaborative exchange with and within a creative timebank, AH/N003799/1, AHRC, PI, total bid value £15,000 (2015).

Crowdfunding for Social Innovation; BIPC/ERDF evaluation with Sustainable Enterprise Strategies, Sunderland ( (2015)

Crowdfunding Arts Commissioning; BIPC/ERDF evaluation with Newcastle-upon-Tyne-based Locus+ ( (2015)

A Taxonomy of UK Crowdfunding and Examination of the Potential of Trust and Empathy in Project Success, ES/M00371X/1, ESRC, PI, total bid value £94,000 (2014–15).

Unboxing Future Cities; AHRC and British Council. One of eight UK academics selected for 2-week open innovation lab at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India (2014). 

Key Publications

PGR Supervision

Fatema Qaed, (2nd supervisor) Development of a Supportive Tool for Participatory Learning Space Design; successfully defended Nov 2015 against Pieter Jan Stappers.


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