- Asper Chair in Communications, Dept of Communication Studies and Multimedia, Faculty of Humanities, McMaster University
Paula Gardner, PhD, is Asper Chair in Communications in the Faculty of Communication Studies and Multimedia, at McMaster University, where she directs Pulse Lab. Gardner is a critical, feminist scholar, with expertise in co-design, media studies, interdisciplinary methods and disability- and trauma-informed multimodal practice. Gardner has been a network leader for a range of pan-Canadian projects including the Graphics, Animation and New Media (GRAND NCE).
Her team’s collaborative research project ABLE engages trans-disciplinary and trans-sectoral partners to create an interactive platform for older adults with dementia, transforming movement into digital art experiences, to encourage physical, cognitive and affective health benefits. Gardner has supervised over 30 undergraduate, and 40 graduate and PhD students. Her work is published in Communication, STS and HCI journals; she is currently writing a book entitled Pace, the Affective Labour of Activity Trackers and adocumentary film entitled No Asylum.