Shreepali Patel

Shreepali Patel, Director

Shreepali’s practice-led research explores impactful multi-modal storytelling through new and emerging creative technology. Her work crosses genres (documentary, drama, moving image, promos and commercials), platforms (multi-screen, cinema, exhibition, interactive and immersive digital media)and sectors (healthcare, technology, sustainability, cultural identity, and human rights).She is a former BBC Producer/Director, BAFTA Award winning filmmaker and co-director of Emmy Award winning Eyeline Films.

Fabrizio Galeazzi

Fabrizio Galeazzi, Research Fellow

Fabrizio has15 years of experience in the application of digital methods and immersive media to cultural heritage documentation, interpretation and communication. Fabrizio’s interdisciplinary research involves data visualisation, audience interaction, and the development of virtual museums, as well as user experience and education. He is currently exploring how the integration of multimodal narratives and digital technologies can support peoples’ understanding and engagement.

Emily Campbell, Business Manager

Emily works with StoryLab’s Director, staff, students and external partners to support the smooth running of StoryLab and its projects. Emily began her career working as a theatre set designer and scenic artist, before working as a producer of performance and events in outdoor and non-traditional settings, and as a consultant in a public art commissioning agency. More recently she has held senior management positions in an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and a national arts education charity.

Krisztián Hofstädter, Research Assistant

Krisztián is a creative technologist working as a researcher, lecturer, freelancer and artist. His main expertise lies in music technology. In Hungary he was an orchestral percussionist and received a diploma in Cultural Organising. In Cambridge, he has completed his BA (2009) and MA (2013) in Creative Music Technology and has started his PhD in Music (2015) at ARU. His research develops Brain Computer Music Interfacing for meditation.

PhD Scholars

Marques J Hardin

Marques J Hardin

Development and Evaluation of Internet of Things Based Processes for Music Production and Creative Collaboration (Practice-led)

Marques’ PhD research investigates the development and opportunities of the Internet of Things for music production and composition.  Marques has prior degrees in electrical engineering and audio and video technology, and focuses on exploring creative uses of technology for engaging, immersive, and affective experiences.

Rebecca Lee

Rebecca Lee

Immersive storytelling, ‘re-constructing’ or ‘re-inhabiting’ places, with and for audiences of the future: The use of emergent technologies to embed fragile, intangible cultural heritage in local landscapes.

Rebecca’s, practice-based, PhD will focus on the re-inhabiting/re-animating of tangible heritage landscapes, with intangible stories from multiple voices, across various times in a way that aims to offer visitor-driven experiences, that feel both meaningful and authentic.  The research will explore the development of a system that can be employed across multiple sites, without homogenising the visitor experience, offering immersive, emotionally engaging, experiences that are both site and story specific.
Rebecca studied architecture at the University of Nottingham and the University of Brighton, and subsequently worked in practice as an exhibition designer.  Through academia, design practice and artistic endeavours, the narrative power of space and place, continues to be the driving force of her work.

Hind Al Ghalyini

Hind Al Ghalyini

Let’s Talk About Death: A Practice-led Examination of Picture Books for Muslim Children in Addressing Bereavement and Loss in Saudi Arabia

My interests lie in creating a children’s book illustration that will help children from 6 to 8 understand and cope with bereavement and loss, by acting as an enabler for beneficial family discussions in a home (as opposed to clinical) environment, within a Saudi Arabian Islamic family context, on the subject of death. I have many years of experience teaching Art, both one-to-one and in the classroom, from primary all the way through to university level.


Sara Elias

Narrating Female trauma and recovery on film- (practice led)

Sara’s Phd research aims to film survival stories and emotional recovery journeys of female trauma within the socio-political context of the Mena Region. This study will present a prototype film, which employs trauma and psychoanalytic film theories as part of its practice, to create a potentially healing narrative and to demonstrate the most impactful cinematic and narrative techniques in which the film experience can become a catalyst for a therapeutic process, not just entertainment. Sara is a social documentarist/indie filmmaker, and a film lecturer in Egypt since 2015.

Chris Cox

Chris Cox

Representations of Slavery, Family History and Intergenerational Accountability (Practice-led)

In 1764, my great, great, great grandfather John (Pretor) Pinney inherited a West Indian sugar plantation – and around 20 years later he returned to the UK with a fortune today worth millions – but stained by the blood and sweat of those who laboured to create it. It was wealth that elevated the Pinney family and created for them a class status that continues to advantage many in the family to this day.

As one of his descendants, I have after years of denial and avoidance and albeit late in life chosen to acknowledge and explore this shameful legacy with as much honesty as I can muster in a multi-modal, practice led PhD titled My Family and Slavery – whose primary output is an illustrated fictional screenplay.

My background is in photography and film. After nearly 30 years as freelance documentary cinematographer, I chose to change direction and focus my creative energies on research and the written word, resulting in an MA in Creative Writing (scriptwriting) and currently a practice PhD.

Honorary Research Fellows

Paul Marris
Alex Rühl, 360 Virtual Reality Filmmaker and Founder of CATS are not PEAS
Ben Woods, Filmmaker

Undergraduate Researchers

Will Smith (Film and Television Production)
Gabi Kaziukonyte (Film and Television Production)

Nicola Buckley, Associate Director at the Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge

Fiona Chesterton, Writer and Consultant

Professor Alan Blackwell, Professor of Interdisciplinary Design, University of Cambridge

Professor Felicity Colman, Associate Dean: Research, University of the Arts, London

Colin Burrows, Special Treats Productions