Cathy is Professor of Creative Practice and was one of the founding members of CARIAD. She is currently Principal Investigator on a major international interdisciplinary AHRC design research project: LAUGH (Ludic Artifacts Using Gesture and Haptics). This collaborative research is investigating ways of designing to support the wellbeing of people with late stage dementia.
Her PhD research investigated the ways in which digital imaging technology impacts on the creative practice of artists and designers; the theme of digital technology and creativity is continued in her current research which focuses on the importance of touch, physicality and lived experience.
Cathy is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, has a Master of Arts in ceramics (University of Wales) and a B.A. (Hons.) in textiles and fashion (Loughborough University). Her research interests have been stimulated by her considerable experience working as a designer for industry. She has expertise in large format digital ink-jet printing, three-dimensional printing (rapid prototyping) and is fluent in an array of design software applications. She is an experienced educator, PhD supervisor and examiner and has been a reviewer for RCUK, British Council and a number of academic journals and conferences.
Cathy has undertaken collaborative research with universities in the UK, USA and Australia and regularly presents her research at conferences around the world. Cathy is Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bath and Visiting Scholar at University of Technology Sydney, Australia.