Erinma Ochu

neuroscientist in London, UK

Erinma Ochu

neuroscientist in London, UK

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I am a biologist and storyteller working at the intersection of the arts, emerging technologies and information in the iSchool at Manchester Metropolitan University.

This academic year I am on research leave, setting up #openlight, through co-inquiry and knowledge exchange with 7 artists and cultural entrepreneurs.

My work is delightfully queer and seeks to reset research culture agendas considerations of equity. I am interested in what feminist, crip and black collective desires for life can make possible for kinder cultures of science and technology, that serve the common good. I am all for reframing the tools of imperial science, technology and industry, to reconsider what it means to be human and alive today.

I earned a PhD in Applied Neuroscience from The University of Manchester and trained in story development, film production and distribution as EAVE graduate, Power to the Pixel, Transmedia Next and Sources2 participant. I worked for 8 years as executive producer for B3 Media, setting up the shorts to feature development programmes. Until 2020, I worked for 5 years as curator of DocFest Exchange at Sheffield International Documentary Festival.

I co-founded Squirrel Nation, through which I am visiting fellow of The Ada Lovelace Institute/ JUST AI network, focused on imagining racial justice in Artificial Intelligence. Squirrel Nation were Manchester International Fellows in 2017/18 and in residence with INIVA/ Stuart Hall Library. We are invited jury members presiding over the 2021 Neuhaus Institute Open Fellowships.

I am senior lecturer in Digital Media and Communications in the Arts and Humanities department at Man Met Uni. Prior to this I was senior research fellow in the School of Geography and Environment at University of Reading and Lecturer in science communication and technology enhanced learning at The University of Salford.

My research and knowledge exchange is supported by NERC, AHRC and Wellcome. I am PI, on #OpenLight, Co-I on Patterns in Practice with Dr Jo Bates and Co-I on Engaging Environments with Professor Hilary Geoghegan.