Keri Facer (Project Leader) is a Professor of Educational and Social Futures at the University of Bristol and Leadership Fellow for the Connected Communities programme.
She works on rethinking the relationship between formal educational institutions and wider society and is particularly concerned with the sorts of knowledge that may be needed to address contemporary environmental, economic, social and technological changes. Professor Facer’s work is broadly concerned with understanding and building relationships between different knowledge communities in pursuit of flourishing and equitable societies. Formerly, this has included bringing together researchers, educators, civil society groups, digital artists, computer scientists and young people in collaborative design projects in education and the arts.
Since 2013, Keri has been Leadership Fellow for the RCUK Connected Communities Programme (www.connected-communities.org). This £20m+ research programme is creating new relationships between communities and universities, drawing on arts and humanities perspectives and methods to enable new forms of knowledge production to address urgent contemporary issues. She also heads up the 80by18 project, that aims to mobilise cities’ resources for learning (www.80by18.org.uk) In an earlier stage in her career, Keri was Research Director at Futurelab where she brought together researchers, educators, digital artists, computer scientists and young people to create prototypes of new approaches to education.
She has led large scale curriculum design programmes and collaborated with organisations including the BBC, RSA, UNESCO, the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills Baltic Arts Centre, Becta, TDA, Electronic Arts and Microsoft as well as with Local Authorities across the UK. From 2007-2009 she led the Beyond Current Horizons strategic foresight programme for the UK government (www.beyondcurrenthorizons.org.uk).
Her recent books include: Learning Futures: Education, Technology and Social Change (Routledge) and The Politics of Education and Technology (PalgraveMacMillan) with Neil Selwyn. Her personal blog, with a full list of previous projects, publications and talks is available here http://kerifacer.wordpress.com/
Magda Buchczyk (Senior Research Associate) is a social anthropologist with research interests revolving around material culture, heritage, and urban ethnography.
Magda has a MA (UCL) in Heritage Studies, and a PhD in Anthropology from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Her PhD (2010-2015) was an AHRC-funded collaborative doctoral award combining ethnographic fieldwork in post-socialist Romania with research in museums and archives. As part of this research, she co-curated exhibitions at the Constance Howard Gallery and the Horniman Museum in London.
She has also worked in a range of applied research settings on subjects as varied as innovation, healthcare and public health, service design, disability and community ethnography.