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Dr Eleanor Dare
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  • Lecturer in Practice-based Research and Media
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education

Dr Eleanor Dare is an academic and critical technologist who works with Game Engines and virtual spaces. Eleanor now works at Cambridge University, Faculty of Education, as well as UCL, institute of Education. Eleanor has a PhD and MSc in Arts and Computational Technologies from the department of Computing, Goldsmiths. Eleanor is a fellow of the Royal Society of Artists and the Higher Education Academy, an AHRC Peer review college member and occasional reviewer for the EPRSC. Eleanor is on the board of the Theatre in the Mill, Bradford and an organisng member of the Arts Creativities Research Group at Cambridge University as well as the Post Pandemic University (a journal). Eleanor has taken part in many funded research projects as a PI and Co-I and has also exhibited work at many galleries and festivals around the world. Eleanor was formerly Reader in Digital Media and Head of Programme for MA Digital Direction, at the Royal College of Art. Eleanor reviews regularly for many journals, including the Cambridge Journal of Education, MIT Leonardo, the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, among others.

A full list of publications, exhibitions etc can be found here:



Research Summary

Eleanor's research addresses a number of key themes relating to computation, virtuality, VR/XR, critical AI, pedagogy and epistemology, including research funded by the British Council, EPSRC, AHRC and other funders, as below.

2022 publications & conferences (not attributed to UCL)

Dare, Eleanor, Antonopoulou, Alexandra, (2022) ‘The image of collaboration: mediation and enervation under lockdown’, in The visual culture of a virus, A special issue on the visual representation of covid-19, Edited byLee Weinberg and Phaedra Shanbaum, Taylor & Francis

Dare, Eleanor, Yamada-Rice, Dylan, Rodrigues, Deborah (2022)Reading the cards: Tarot as an epistemological repositioning to defend againstthe neoliberal structures of Art Education in Biased AI: Algorithms and Society, edited by Michael Filimowicz (‘the Editor’), Routledge.

Dare, Eleanor, Antonopoulou, Alexandra (2022) ‘The RiverineArchive: Nausea and information loss on the neoliberal ship of fools’, SpecialIssue of Visual Communication , Information is Ugly, Guest Editors: ShelleyJames, Grace Pappas, John Fass and Dylan Yamada-Rice, London, Sage.

Dare, Eleanor, (2022) ‘Impersonal Computing: from Art Schoolto Business Hub in four decades’, in Digital Totalitarianism: Algorithms andSociety, edited by Michael Filimowicz (‘the Editor’), Routledge.

Dare, Eleanor, Antonopoulou, Alexandra, Menotti (editor)(2022) Museu Sem Paredes (Museum Without Walls), The Riverine Archive,Catalogue.

Dare, Eleanor, Bayley, Annouchka (2022) Fractal writing: recursive propositions for creative pedagogy and power structures, Kaleidoscope, The Power of Storytelling in Education: Perspectives and Positionality 2022, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, May 2022 

Dare, Eleanor, Wang, Jing, Linjun Wu, Shufan Zhang, Lena (Y)Lan (2022)Diffracting Brecht’s Life of Galileo, a virtual reality presentation confronting liminal pedagogy, Kaleidoscope, The Power of Storytelling in Education: Perspectives and Positionality 2022, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, May 2022

Dare, Eleanor (2022) Queer Psycho: arts-based research and immersive visual storytelling. Seminar on the 6th April 2022, UCL

Dare, Eleanor (2022) ‘Locked out of the neoliberal Smart City: a-systemic technologies in crisis?A WebVR (Mozilla Hubs) installation and hands-on workshop’, The Smartification of Everything — A Symposium and Exhibition connecting diverse Fields and Media

Dare, Eleanor, Ramanathan, Rathna, Simmons, Tom and Pochodzaj, Joseph (2022) Crafting Futures: Dismantling and rebuilding histories together, The Craft History Workshop

Dare, Eleanor, Yamada-Rice, Dylan (2022) Key Note. Leeds Beckett Symposium – Wed 30th March 2022, Magic, Illusion & VR

Teaching Summary
Eleanor has taught computer programming, Unity Game Development, critical computing, Physical Computing, Art and Computation, critical studies, advanced web development, digital storytelling, algorithmic art/writing and computer science at Goldsmiths, the OU, UAL, The Royal College of Art and Cambridge University. Eleanor has supervised many BA, BSC, MA , MSC, MPHIL  and PhD dissertations/theses.

Funded research (not attributed to UCL):

2021-2022 Pathways Digital, Cambridge University (Digital Direction specialist) 

2019-2022 : British Council/RCA, Crafting Futures, Kyrgyzstan (Co-I) 

2020: RCA internal funding for a symposium on AI urgencies (disrupted by Covid) (Co-PI)

2019: AHRC/EPRSC, Art Fair Innovations, Shanghai, RCA (Co-I)

2019: AHRC/ESRC 2019 UK-Japan network focused on location-based VR for children, RCA, UCL, Glasgow SoA, Tokyo University and games industry partners (Co-I) 

2019: RCA Funding for VR Alterities Symposium (Co-PI)

2019-2020 Eleanor was a Co-I for the successful £5 million Circular Economies bid at RCA in 2020, prior to changing roles. (Co-I)

2018: Research funding from Microsoft Research for AI 9-5, RCA/Microsoft Research, Cambridge, investigating the impact of automation on workers (PI) 

2017: Teaching and Learning Fund for a Digital Fluency project across UAL (Co-PI) 

2007–2011: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, full doctoral studentship (PI)

2018-2020 Eleanor was one of the primary investigators for the successful £60 million AI Design Lab bid, a collaboration between the RCA and Hong Kong Poly University, with funding from 2019-2029 (PI)

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