Job title: Lecturer


Research outputs: Dr Sónia Matos on Edinburgh Research Explorer

Sónia Matos is a lecturer in the School of Design as well as an Assistant Research Faculty at Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI). With a background in Product Design and Experience Design, she has directed her work towards the use of design-led research approaches to create platforms that promote new forms of cultural and environmental conservation and learning. 

Supervised byProfessor Matthew Fuller, she completed her doctoral studies​ at the Centre for Cultural Studies​, Goldsmiths College. Her project attempted to assert design's vital role in the safeguard of endangered forms of language. The open educational resource, resulting from her studies, is distributed by the Canarian educational platform Abriendo La Escuela.

Sónia has presented her work at the 21st Century research-based programme, Chisenhale Gallery, and at the 'Verbindingen/ Jonctions 13' an annual multidisciplinary festival organised by Constant - Association for Art & Media. Part of her dissertation was published in the peer-reviewed proceedings of the 8th Conference of the International Committee for Design Histories & Design Studies and the publication Memory in Motion: Archives, Technology and the Social, published by Amsterdam University Press. 

Amongst other projects, Sónia initiated the 'Designing Food Cultures​' project, partially funded by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, as well as the Design and the Environmental Humanities lecture series​ in collaboration with Dr Michelle Bastian​. She is also currently part of the 'Words in Freedom​' project, developed at M-ITI.

Sónia is on secondment, working at M-ITI, until December 2020. She will not be teaching undergraduate and taught post-graduate courses during this period.

Currently, Sónia is Principal Investigator for the 'Field Guide' project. Funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), this project is designed to contribute towards an improvement in the levels of scientific, conservation and environmental literacies amongst children and youth living in the Azores archipelago while combining place-based learning and mobile technology to foster active and meaningful learning experiences in the region. Through the design of a field guide, the project will offer a younger generation the opportunity to explore the natural world while raising awareness of one of Portugal's critical oceanic insular ecosystems. This project is developed in collaboration with the Azorean Biodiversity Group, University of the Azores. 

Current PhD students

  • Trading Design Education: A Critical Study of Transnational Education Partnerships
  • Unfolding Dichotomies between Craft and Design in the Chilean Context