Research & Development

Emma Young (PhD, MRes, MSci (Hons))

R&D Engineer

Emma Young

Dr Emma Young works at BBC R&D developing ideas for new technologies and future media experiences for BBC audiences whilst facilitating internal and external relationships to support technology innovation and research in R&D and the wider BBC. Emma presents the public-facing YouTube series ‘BBC R&D Explains’ and speaks at a wide range of external events in academia and industry. Passionate about diversity and inclusion, Emma leads the BBC Women in STEM (WiSTEM) network as Chair of the Board.

Before joining the BBC in 2018, Emma worked in innovation and digital consultancy roles; received a MSci (Hons) in Information Technology and Media Communications; and an interdisciplinary MRes and PhD in Digital Innovation from Lancaster University’s schools of Design, Computing and Management, merging her interests and expertise in design thinking with technology innovation.

Prior to changing focus to a career in tech in 2008, Emma studied Audio Engineering at the SAE Institute in Sydney; and worked in a broad range of production environments including Film, Games, Live TV, Theatre and Live Music. She has been a Lead Producer for many creative media projects over the years and in 2020, produced ‘No Audience with Jon Richardson & Friends’ - a live charity fundraiser that reached over 250,000 viewers on the RTS award-winning United We Stream platform.

Emma sits on the Steering Committee of the Audio Mostly conference and on the Industry Advisory Board at Lancaster University’s School of Computing and Communications. Her research interests include participatory and user-centred design, design fiction and immersive media, including VR, AR and spatial audio.

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