Humanities Research Institute

Staff Profile

Rachel Pattinson

CDT Manager (Digital Civics)


Roles and Responsibilities

I manage digital research and social innovation programmes at Open Lab, a world-leading research group in interaction design and ubiquitous computing at Newcastle University.

I'm responsible for the strategic management and operational delivery of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Civics. I work closely with the academic directors and I'm responsible for the administration and communications for the CDT, as well as organising training events and activities.

Alongside my work on the CDT, I manage Newcastle University and Northumbria University's Digital Economy Research Centre (EPSRC, 2015 - 2021), and the Centre for Digital Citizens (2020 - 2024).

These programmes are training and supporting researchers to explore how emerging digital technologies can promote civic engagement, and I work closely with Open Lab's industry and community partners and stakeholders.

Working on Open Lab's interdisciplinary digital research and social innovation projects connects with my broader professional interested in education, arts and culture, libraries and information, charities, and working with children and young people. I am interested in exploring how technology is changing the way we live, and how we can change technology.

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Training and development

MSc in Strategic Leadership and Level 7 Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship Newcastle University Business School, 2020 - 2022


Fellow (FHEA) Advance HE

Professional associations

Director and Trustee Mortal Fools