Emily is a researcher focusing on relationships between design, science and their histories, a sound practitioner and curator. In 2016 she completed a PhD in the history of design and history of science across the Royal College of Art’s History of Design department and the Science Museum through an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award.
As a curator, Emily has worked at the Victoria & Albert Museum as Curator of Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Furniture and Twentieth-Century Product Design, and currently works with Dr Maya Oppenheimer and Francesca Cavallo as the collaborative curatorial practice Operating Manual for Living in the Worst-Case Scenario. The latter is an extension of Emily’s research in design studies; the group focuses on critical perspectives on survival and disaster preparedness through the lens of design, art and their histories. Operating Manual for Living in the Worst-Case Scenario has recently chaired a panel at the 2017 College Art Association Conference in New York, and curated an evening of participatory performance, talks, film at Cabinet Magazine in New York, both centred on the theme of the survival manual.
Emily has published in journals including Home Cultures and Current Opinion in Chemical Biology. She has presented research on relationships between science and design and sound as a design history method at various conferences and events including the College Art Association Conference (2017), the Design History Society Conference (2016), and 2015’s cross-disciplinary Inflating Curiosity event bringing together RCA and MIT Media Lab researchers.