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Martin Conreen

Goldsmiths, University of London

Since spring 2005 my major research interest has been in the field of new and emerging materials. This interest extends to regular /traditional materials and those resources that are steadily depleting and soon to be a thing (material) of the past. This work has led to making speculative objects such as the “Crystacast proto-type thermochromic brick” for an exhibition of New materials,“Materials of invention, 100 years of construction innovation” at The Building centre London in June 2006 and speaking at the Materials of invention Conference, The Building centre London 26th June 2006 (paper titled ” New Materials”).
In a short period of time this work has led me to be invited to a number of networks as well as being a founder member and contributor to the materials library at Kings college London. The main focus of this work is to establish new and sustainable ways for artists and designers to understand and experiment with new and emerging materials. To invent new methods of production for some of these materials so as to make them safer and easier to work with. To co-create a materials library for the creative industries in the UK, particularly to enable artists, designers architects, etc to have access to materials as they emerge rather than when they are available in the distant future.

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Ian Gwilt

Sheffield Hallam University

Ian Gwilt is a Professor of Design and Visual Communication at Sheffield Hallam University. Current areas of research include practice and theory into, visual communication design and healthcare, information visualisation, augmented reality artifacts and locations, the design of hybrid environments and experiences for museum interaction, interactive installations and other public experiences.  He is also interested in how we can incorporate visual communication design practices into interdisciplinary research teams. Originally from the UK he has lived and worked in Spain, New Zealand and Australia, where he began to develop his research/practice around augmented reality and the graphical user interface as creative/cultural artifact. Over the last 19 years he has shown interactive installations and digital work at a number of international new media events, galleries and exhibitions as well as writing academic texts on design research/practice and creative digital media. He holds a PhD from the University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia.  He is a council executive of the Design Research Society.

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Paolo Plotegher

Goldsmiths, University of London

Paolo is teaching in the Visual Cultures Department at Goldsmiths. His research interests are strongly characterized by the urgency of activating the (micro)political potentials of art and theory through everyday and situated practices.
His PhD research focused on de-subjectivation as a political and artistic practice, analysing figures including Guy Debord, Georges Bataille and Robert Walser to test out the re-activation of their practices in contemporary contexts and in relation to experiments in activism and radical pedagogy (Summer Drafts, Officine SD).
Since 2013, he is involved with the New Cross Commoners, a community-based research group in the neighbourhood of Goldsmiths.

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Juliet Sprake

Goldsmiths, University of London

Juliet Sprake is head of the Design Department. She teaches on a range of programmes, supervises PhD students and is a member of the Pi Studio research unit.  Juliet is interested in mobile learning, participatory sensing and designing alternative methods for navigating the urban landscape.  An important aspect of her work is using technologies to sense and record change in the material fabric of our built environment so that buildings can be described as ‘learning-enabled’.  She has written about some of this in her book, Learning-through-Touring, and enjoys working with Peter Rogers to make interactive apps, tours and games for finding ways into, up and around the city.

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Kay Stables

Goldsmiths, University of London

Kay Stables is Co-Director of the Technology Education Research Unit. She teaches on the MA in Design Education, and contributes to the MA Design Shared Methods and Processes and to the PGCE in Design and Technology. She supervises PhD students whose research lies broadly in the areas of design education and designerly thinking. She has directed and contributed to a range of research projects in the UK and overseas, many of which feature in her co-authored book Researching Design Learning. Recent research has focused on creativity, sustainability, assessment and the development of dynamic digital portfolios of design learning.

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Mathilda Tham

Goldsmiths, University of London

My research explores how design can intervene at the level of paradigms to support futures of sustainability. I use design research as activism by staging and facilitating participatory and interdisciplinary workshops for critical and creative envisioning. Current research:
Beyond Consumption explores how metadesign perspectives can support the relanguaging of sociomaterial relationships for sustainable futures. Off-centre – humble lessons for design challenges a Western-centric and anthropocentric worldview in design education and beyond.
I am a lecturer and PhD supervisor in the Design Department, Goldsmiths. As Professor in Design, Linnaeus University, Sweden, I am developing a new research platform for design and change.
I am a boardmember of research council Mistra – Foundation for strategic environmental research, Sweden.
My most recent publication Futures of Futures Studies in Fashion explores how a framework for peace building can be used to mobilise new insights and action in the fashion system.

 

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Kim Trogal

School of Architecture, University of Sheffield
Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London

Dr Kim Trogal is currently a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the School of Architecture at the university of Sheffield. She has a PhD in Architecture (2012) for which she was awarded the RIBA LKE Ozolins Studentship. Prior to doctoral research, Kim has worked in architectural practice (2002-2007), taught at Sheffield School of Architecture (2007- current) and at London Metropolitan University (2004-5). Kim will begin a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Central St Martins in the Autumn 2014, initiating a project called ‘Common Products,’ which explores new and old objects and practices of mutual aid and collaborative economies.

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Alex Wilkie

Goldsmiths, University of London

Dr Alex Wilkie has been working at the intersection between design and science and technology studies (STS) for more than 12 years. Alex studied interaction design at the Royal College of Art and gained his PhD in sociology, an ethnographic study of user-centered design, at Goldsmiths.

Alex was an original member of govcom.org, a group who designed and developed the Issuecrawler, an online tool for tracing and visualising controversy on the web and has been a member of the Interaction Research Studio since 2006. Alex is particularly interested in exploring computational technology and the politics of participation in issue-oriented design as well as inventive research methods and research through design. He currently works on topics including the design of energy and climate change, healthcare informatics and technological interventions into domestic living. Alex is also committed to developing sociological accounts of design practice, drawing on his engagement with developments in actor-network theory and process sociology, which informs his teaching. He is interested in supervising doctoral students in STS and design; interdisciplinarity and creativity; public engagement and participation in science and technology; the design and sociology of issues and controversies; inventive research methods and research through design; the design of healthcare services and technology; energy, sustainability and the environment.

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