Erinma Ochu

neuroscientist in London, UK

Erinma Ochu

neuroscientist in London, UK

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I am a postcolonial neuroscientist, a storyteller, sharing wayward experiments in collective consciousness for living and thriving in a warming world.

My work is delightfully queer. I am interested in what feminist, crip and black collective desires for life can make possible. I am all for dismantling, refusing and reconfiguring the tools of imperial science, technology and industry, to reclaim what it means to be 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 their shorts and feature development programmes. I worked for 5 years as curator of The Exchange, the public programme 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 through Artificial Intelligence. Squirrel Nation were Manchester International Fellows in 2017/18 and in residence with INIVA/ Stuart Hall Library.

I am senior lecturer in Digital Media and Communications in the school of information at Arts and Humanities department at Man Met Uni.

Prior to this I was Senior Research fellow in the School of Geography and Environment at The University of Reading.

My research is supported by NERC, AHRC and Wellcome.