Selina Ellis Gray

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Selina Ellis Gray
Digital Designer & PhD Candidate

Lancaster University, England

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Living with Zombies, Monsters and Digital Remains

Selina Ellis Gray is a Designer and EPSRC funded Doctoral Candidate based at HighWire, a doctoral lab for radical innovation in the digital economy, Lancaster University. She has a background in visual design, design for sensitive contexts and is currently inquiring into the emerging area of Death and Technology studies. Her PhD investigates the diversity of contemporary mourning practices found online and critically explores the interaction between the bereaved, post-mortem data legacies and the ghostly social presence of the dead.




  • Print
  • Digital
  • Physical Making
  • Visualising
  • Design Thinking


  • Quantitative
  • Qualitative
  • Teaching
  • Mentorship
  • Post-disciplinary
  • Critical Design
  • Data Visulisation


  • 3D Modeling
  • Illustration
  • Photography
  • Animation
  • Interactives
  • Film


2011 - Present// PhD Candidate

EPSRC funded PhD which inquires into the digital residue people leave behind in death

2010 - 2011// MRes

Instructed by Mike Chiasson, Sabine Junginger, Leon Cruickshank and Patrick Stacey. Awarded Distinction.

2009 - 2010// MA in Creative Tech

Instructed by Paul Sermon, Mathias Fuchs, Tapio Mäkelä and Alan Hook. Awarded Distinction.

2003 - 2004// BA in Design Studies

First Class Honors. Undergraduate award of 2004


2002-2009// Freelance Digital Design

Freelance digital design practitioner around Manchester. Undertook a wide range of projects including web design and development, illustration and animation. Went on to explore co-design and co-inquiry projects with children and after school networks.



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HighWire Lab
Lancaster University