PhD Student
Cardiff University

Jess has worked at the intersection of public arts and technology since 2012 and have collaborated with leading public institutions across the UK, including Tate, National Museums Wales, Watershed, Arts Council England, Arts Council Wales, National Theatre Wales, Shakespeare’s Globe, the Guardian, and the British Council. In 2015, I led the delivery of an AHRC & Design Council project exploring the role of design in creating economic benefit and social value in the Bristol and Bath region. As part of the team at the Pervasive Media Studio, I worked on cultural participation programmes and with the Playable City team to deliver the International Playable City Award, which promotes citizen engagement through playful urban technology interventions.

My interest in understanding people and their response to different heritage and cultural experiences led me to my doctoral research, which looks at role of emotion in these contexts.


Research Interests

My research interests centre on the relationship between heritage and cultural spaces, emotion, and cultural participation. My research seeks to develop an understanding of heritage and cultural experiences in-situ; it asks critical and pragmatic questions about the role of emotion in sustaining a relevant, engaging arts and cultural sector. I am interested in experimental methodologies for understanding visitors and their emotions. In this vein, my doctoral research explores physiological response in cultural and heritage spaces and interrogates the value of measuring response in this manner.

Current Research

In collaboration with National Museums Wales, My research seeks to develop an understanding of heritage and cultural experiences in-situ; it asks critical and pragmatic questions about the role of emotion in sustaining a relevant, engaging arts and cultural sector. I am interested in experimental methodologies for understanding visitors and their emotions. In this vein, my doctoral research explores physiological response in cultural and heritage spaces and interrogates the value of measuring response in this manner.