Research & Projects Coordinator
Courtney Cooke, Research & Projects Coordinator
Courtney Cooke is the Research & Projects Coordinator for Design Informatics where she supports the department’s grant funded research projects. Courtney primarily focusses on assisting with the delivery of outreach and knowledge exchange events, as well as supporting some of the team’s industry engagement activities. During her time at Design Informatics she has supported events in collaboration with New Media Scotland, the Digital Arts Festival and Oxfam. Courtney is also taking assisting with the curation and project planning for the 2018 Design Informatics Pavilion, working to deliver the team’s ‘pop up’ exhibition in collaboration with Edinburgh Festival partners Assembly, Biomorphis architects and Tesco Bank.
Courtney came to Design Informatics from the Royal Academy of Arts where she programmed adult educational events and courses, and also has a background in PR and Public Affairs, having once been the Press Officer and General Election Planner for the late Rt. Hon Charles Kennedy MP.
Education: BA English, University of Sussex, MA Renaissance Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London
If you change the representation of value, does it change the values that you can represent?
Ox-Chain is a major research project between the Universities of Edinburgh, Northumbria and Lancaster, and research partners Oxfam, Zero Waste Scotland, Volunteer Scotland and WHALE Arts, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. It brings together experts in digital design, cryptography, business and international development. Through collaborative research, we will design a Blockchain for Oxfam to better support the circulation and re-circulation of valuable items within its business model – hence ‘Ox-Chain’.
Huge benefits in transportation can be gained if Intelligent Transportation Systems such as automated vehicles are enabled to communicate between each other, and their surrounding infrastructure in ways that are simple, reliable, and widely acceptable for human operators. At the same time, it is imperative that the security and privacy of such communications are considered. This project will demonstrate the potential of distributed ledgers such as blockchain as a method of securing the integrity of such systems.