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A photograph of a woman pushing  'ADA Kinetic Sculpture'. ADA is a gigantic interactive analogue installation - an inflatable ball with charcoal spikes protruding from it. Exhibit visitors  push the ball around an entirely white room during the life of the exhibition. The room shown in the photograph shows abstract black marks all over the walls, ceiling and floor.
Photo © Karina Smigla-Bobinski, 2013, via Flickr.

Rishi Coupland

Rishi Coupland
Head of Research and Insights, BFI

Rishi Coupland is a creative industries strategist and leader with over fifteen years’ experience in delivering research and strategic programmes, spanning both Third Sector and Commercial enterprise. He is currently Head of Research and Insight at the BFI, where he leads the Research and Statistics Unit. Prior to this, he held the roles of Head of Data Intelligence at the National Theatre, where he launched and lead the sector flagship Data Studio, Head of Audience Strategy (National Theatre), Marketing Services Manager (Southbank Centre), and Creative Producer (Buzz-erk Productions). Rishi began his career as a technologist and engineer with multinational companies including British Airways and Kimberly-Clark, in locations across the UK and Europe. In 2017 Rishi was awarded a Clore Fellowship, and is currently a board member of the London Arts and Health Forum.

Kate Fitzgerald

Kate Fitzgerald
Director, Kate Fitzgerald Consulting Limited

Kate is an experienced Arts Insights professional, who worked as Head of Visitor Insights at The Lowry before going independent in late 2020. With over 18 years’ experience, Kate has a proven track record of devising and delivering data-driven projects, from evaluation frameworks to visitor research, using intelligence to make recommendations and encourage business and audience growth. Kate is also passionate about data protection and often works to support clients with their UK-GDPR compliance.  Kate is based in Manchester and works across the UK with a range of arts, cultural and heritage organisations and those working in the sector.

Dr Susan Oman

Dr Susan Oman
Lecturer in Data and Society, The University of Sheffield

Susan is a Lecturer in Data, AI and Society at The University of Sheffield and co-Investigator on the Living With Data project, also based at The University of Sheffield. She also holds the position Research, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead.

Prior to her lectureship, Susan held two consecutive AHRC fellowships looking at data and diversity in the creative economy, working with Arts Council England to improve equality monitoring data processes and begin measuring social class. An overview of Susan’s research on data can be found on the on the Living With Data website.

Susan completed her interdisciplinary PhD, based in Sociology and the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC) at the University of Manchester in 2017. This investigated the cultural politics of participation and well-being; it was specifically concerned with the contexts of metrics and knowledge production for policy. Her MA was in Cultural Policy and Management and her BA was in Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

Susan’s monograph, Understanding Wellbeing Data: Improving Social and cultural policy, practice and research will be published open access by Palgrave Macmillan in Autumn 2021.