Job title: Director of Design & Screen Cultures (D&SC)
Role: Course Organiser for Surfaces & Screens; Member of the University’s Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation (ISSTI); Member of the School of Design’s Critical Change and RAFT research groups.
I direct, and work within, the Design & Screen Cultures (D&SC) group which teaches across all of the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the School of Design addressing the philosophical, critical, social and political dimensions of design, crafts and the media arts.
I originally trained and practiced as a designer and design educator, to later retrain as a social anthropologist, being mentored by and co-leading research projects with Tim Ingold. My work is concerned with how people work with materials and media to form knowledge of the self and the world around them. I am particularly interested in different manifestations of materials and media - across ideas of form, object, growth, textile, screen and surface - and how they influence perception of the body, environment and structures of knowledge and power. As well as being influenced by the work of Tim Ingold, I am directed by the ideas of the media philosopher Vilém Flusser and associated phenomenological approaches.
Most recently, I have led the Design Anthropology theme within the European Research Council (ERC) grant Knowing From the Inside (KFI): Anthropology, Art, Architecture and Design. I am published within the edited volume Designing Anthropological Futures (Bloomsbury) and in worldwide peer-reviewed journals Cultural Anthropology (American Anthropological Association) and Design Issues (MIT). My journal article 'Designing Environmental Relations' has been recently translated and published in a special Chinese edition of Design Issues.
I am currently working with the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation on a studio event for the upcoming Bauhaus Centenary 2019 and finalising an edited volume on Surfaces for Routledge which features writings from an international collective of social anthropologists working with practices of art, architecture, craft and design.
I am open to enquiries from prospective doctoral students, whether to study in classical or 'by practice' mode. I am open to applicants from any background and that connect with my interests above.