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Maria-Nicoleta Petrescu (Student Researcher/Research Assistant)

Maria-Nicoleta Petrescu

Research Interests: Visualisation, Software, Human-Computer Interaction, Interface Criticism, Workarounds

Supervisors: Dr Greg McInerny and Prof João Porto de Albuquerque.

Research Topic

My project, residing at the intersection between Data Visualisation, Human-Computer Interaction and Media Studies, is preoccupied with the negotiations at play in visualisation design processes. More specifically, I aim to characterise the moments when visualisation practitioners choose to stray from pre-defined workflows, to appropriate software tools and extend their functionality, instead of picking up a different tool, medium, technique or story to tell. Where can we observe these moments? How are they being articulated, reported and disseminated? Can their characterisation assist in reverse-engineering developer priorities? Is it possible to assemble a set of guidelines for recognising and classifying them? Answering this type of questions aims to bring my research closer to building a new framework of interaction in visualisation design processes.
Working title: Creative Hacks in Visualisation Design Processes


Spring 2021: IM921 Visualisation (Graduate Teaching Assistant). Office hour: Thursday, 2-3pm

Spring 2021: IM904 Digital Objects, Digital Methods (Graduate Teaching Assistant). Office hour: Thursday, 3-4pm


Feb – Sep 2020: Research Assistant, WAYS - What Aren’t You Seeing? (CIM & The Alan Turing Institute)

Sep 2019 – now: PhD Interdisciplinary Studies (CIM, University of Warwick)

2017 – 2018: MSc Big Data and Digital Futures (CIM, University of Warwick)

2013 – 2016: BSc Computer Science with International Relations and Russian (University of Exeter, UK)

I briefly worked as a Digital Disinformation Researcher before commencing my doctoral studies.


Recognising creative hacks in Visualisation practices through Flusserian explorations of apparatus and freedom, CIM Postgraduate Zine, June 2020


Quantitative Social Sciences Scholarship – Warwick Q-Step Centre (£2k – tuition fees) – August 2017


The Social and Ludic Facets of OpenStreetMap, CIM Postgraduate Conference, June 2018


Maria-Nicoleta Petrescu


Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies

University of Warwick CV4 7AL

Email: M dot Petrescu at warwick dot ac dot uk

Twitter: @MariaNicoletaP