Dr Drew Hemment
Dr Drew Hemment is an artist, curator and researcher. He is a Dundee Fellow (Reader) at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design at the University of Dundee, and is Founder and Creative Director of FutureEverything (est. 1995), an international innovation lab and festival. His research explores various dimensions of the emerging digital culture, from open data to data art, and also innovation, creativity and research methods. He develops highly collaborative and interdisciplinary forms for research, in which building communities of interest is integral. In this outward-facing role, he has developed FutureEverything as a highly effective, research-led interface between higher education and the creative and digital economy. He has built on this through the Creative Exchange, one of four Knowledge Exchange Hubs supported by the AHRC (£4M), as Deputy Director and Co-I. His research on and of the digital age has been recognised in awards from the cultural, business and technology fields, and in academic and industry appointments, including the Editorial Board of the Leonardo journal of art, science and technology, and the Manchester Innovation Group, the body which advises the Local Economic Partnership on innovation. He was a leadership role-model on a pilot leadership programme for the AHRC, and his research has resulted in new policy and infrastucture such as DataGM (the Greater Manchester Datastore). In 1999, he was awarded a PhD at Lancaster University, and in 2009 elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.