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Amber Lamonby-Pennie – Bath Spa University

Personal statement

Amber is a Senior Lecturer and Research and Enterprise Development Programme Lead.

Her PhD research focuses on the development of Postdigital Pedagogy for Creative Higher Education. Her research-based practice engages with the fast-changing technological worlds of online convergence and networked culture through a series of wearable design solutions that evidence data visualisation as the instigator of creative innovation.

The aim of this work is to realise the potential of creative technologies for the benefit of human interaction and the future development of new fields of creative practice. This research informs her teaching practice at every level and continues to inspire her sustained engagement with educational research and creative innovation.

Amber's research areas include:

  • Creative technologies
  • Postdigital pedagogy
  • Learning design
  • The humanisation of technology
  • Wearable technology
  • Fashion
  • Contemporary art practice
  • Innovation
  • Cultural theory
  • Critical histories
  • Change management
  • Transdiciplinary research
  • Collaboration

Academic qualifications

  • MPhil/PhD Convergence: Postdigital Pedagogy for Creative Higher Education
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • MA Art and Design History (Critical Theory Specialism)
  • BA Fine Art and Contextual Studies

Professional memberships

  • Fellow Royal Society of the Arts

Other external roles

  • External Examiner, UCA, Farnham/Canterbury
  • Researcher Postdigital Pedagogy and Practice, Kingston University, London

Areas of expertise

  • Research and enterprise
  • Critical creative practice
  • Cultural studies
  • Critical and historical studies
  • Visual culture
  • Fashion design
  • Contemporary art practice

Research areas of interest

  • Postdigital creative practice
  • Postdigital pedagogy
  • Transdisciplinary research collaboration
  • Cultural memory
  • Critical theory
  • Art and design history
  • Fashion
  • Contemporary art practice

Research impact

Amber wrote an innovative transdisciplinary MA course entitled MA Critical Creative Practice which was validated with the support and collaboration of the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Head of Critical Studies & Histories at Kingston University, and the V&A Museum.

This course constitutes development of postdigital pedagogy and contributes to the ongoing evolution of the relationship between technology and creative education.

Amber was the Research Lead for 'Digital Pedagogy for interdisciplinary Critical Creative Practice: student centred teaching and learning models', a SLTI-funded research project. This project used Tobi Eye Glass Retina Tracking Technology and was run in collaboration with the Computer Science Department, School of Media Arts & Technology at Solent University, and Kingston University.

The outcomes of this research collaboration resulted in the development of a patent and further research of wearable solutions applicable to the fields of healthcare, security and extreme environments. Other research-funded projects include an ‘Augmented Reality Workwear’ App and AR Fabric Development research project.

Amber has also recently organised a series of evening talks at the ICA, entitled ‘Capturing the Intangible’ where she lectured on ‘The Relevance of Memory to Creativity and Cultural Development in the Digital Age’ as part of the affiliation between the ICA and Kingston University’s Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, and the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy.

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