Hello, I’m Justin. I’m an editor and independent researcher, readily nerd-sniped by edge cases and emerging phenomena.

Justin Pickard, dithered

Operating from a home base in the haunted, flood-prone city of York, I use ethnographic methods to uncover hidden meanings and challenge dominant narratives. In my work life, I’ve sought out opportunities to pursue open-ended, exploratory research in different settings. I have:

  • co-founded a research company
  • taught observational methods
  • facilitated workshops
  • participated in a collaborative prototyping residency on human-AI intimacies
  • conducted fieldwork on the cultural politics of infrastructure in Gujarat

These experiences (and others) instilled a deep appreciation for creative, cross-disciplinary inquiry. Today, I am at my happiest working with others to decipher complex or uncertain situations.

Key research interests include:

  • appropriate technology
  • communities of practice
  • translocal processes
  • knowledge bases, repositories, and information retrieval
  • improvisation and contingency in the design and use of technology

Having recently tumbled into the gravity well of generative language models, I am also now trying to learn Python.


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