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Barry Brown Eric Laurier Hayden Lorimer
Brown has hired cars in the US and a large white van to move his furniture with Laurier's help.

He is currently an Equator research fellow at the University of Glasgow. His research combines the computing and social sciences, making using of ethnographic and video methods from a ethnomethodological perspective .

The current focus of his work is on the sociology and design of leisure technologies - games, music, and the like.

Recently he has published work on the 'there' multi-player game, technologies for tourism, mixed reality museum visiting and the use of maps. Along with Nicola Green and Richard Harper (of the Digital World Research Centre) Brown edited a book looking at the social aspects of mobile telephones, published by Springer Verlag. He used to be at the University of Surrey, and Hewlett-Packard's research labs in Bristol, where some traces of him still remain.
Driving and cycling for more than a decade Laurier can parallel park white vans and carry a baguette on his handlebars.

Over the past ten years he has done ethnographic studies of sailing, driving, walking, work and resting. These were done in a variety of settings: yachts, cars, parks, car-parks, cafes, libraries, households, vehicle parts-supply and the city streets.

His most recent major project was on the the relationship between cafes and civic life in contemporary cities.

Lorimer has experience in carrying too much luggage in a vehicle.

He has a research background in cultural and historical geography. Histories and philosophies of geography with a focus on Scotland during the past century, his research explores the geographical dimensions of a series of themes: landscape, nature, fieldwork, science, memory, mobility and biography.

Previous work funded by the ESRC, cast Scotland’s mountains as complex and hybrid spaces where people negotiate a variety of relationships with, and knowledges of, the natural environment. Informed by inter-disciplinary dialogues relating to nature-culture relations and the performance of place, and undertaken in collaboration with Tim Ingold and Katrin Lund, the project was grounded in participatory outdoor practice and ethnographic method. Their findings present hill-walking as a series of embodied and mnemonic acts – moving, navigating, collecting, framing, and recording.