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Alex Wilkie

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PositionSenior Lecturer
Department Design
Email a.wilkie (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7078 5184
Alex Wilkie

Dr Alex Wilkie is the Director of the MPhil/PhD programme in Design and Co-Director of the Centre of Invention and Social Process. He has been working at the intersection between design and science and technology studies (STS) for over sixteen 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.

 

PhD students

Gionata Gatto (Loughborough University)
Thesis Title: Plant-Bots, the co-crafting of scenarios and the shaped publics: A research on plant-driven technologies probing public engagement with 'Plant Intelligence’
Co-supervised with John McCardle (Loughborough University)
 
Tom Keene
Thesis title: The housing database made visible: Regenerative politics, participation and design
Co-supervised with Graham Harwood.
 
Alison Thomson
Thesis title: Re-doing patient experience through design-led research: considering the multiplicity and ontological politics of MS
Co-supervised with Bill Gaver.
 
Sarah Pennington
Thesis title: Curating issues of concern: mediating critically engaged design
Co-Supervised with Janis Jeffries.
 
Matthew Plummer-Fernandez
Thesis title: Making Algorithms Public: Rendering Visible The Operations and Politics Of Algorithmic Systems Through Critical Design
Co-supervised with Bill Gaver.
 
Claude Saint-Arroman
Thesis title: Space for boundary – space as place: An investigation into the design of architectural boundaries in residential mass housing, in the context of urban sustainability
Co-supervised with Juliet Sprake.

Publications

Design

The Photostroller
Boucher, Andy; Bowers, John; Cameron, David; Gaver, William; Jarvis, Nadine; Kerridge, Tobie; Phillips, Robert and Wilkie, Alex. 2011. The Photostroller.

The Photostroller (Overview)
Gaver, William; Boucher, Andy; Bowers, John; Jarvis, Nadine; Kerridge, Tobie; Cameron, David; Wilkie, Alex and Phillips, Robert. 2010. The Photostroller (Overview).

The Prayer Companion (Overview)
Boucher, Andy; Bowers, John; Gaver, William; Jarvis, Nadine; Kerridge, Tobie and Wilkie, Alex. 2010. The Prayer Companion (Overview).

Local Barometer (Overview)
Gaver, William; Boucher, Andy; Law, Andy; Pennington, Sarah; Bowers, John; Beaver, Jacob; Humble, Jan; Kerridge, Tobie; Villar, Nicholas and Wilkie, Alex. 2008. Local Barometer (Overview).

The Plane Tracker (Overview)
Gaver, William; Boucher, Andy; Law, Andy; Pennington, Sarah; Bowers, John; Beaver, Jacob; Humble, Jan; Kerridge, Tobie; Villar, Nicholas and Wilkie, Alex. 2008. The Plane Tracker (Overview).

Plane Tracker
Boucher, Andy; Bowers, John; Gaver, William; Jarvis, Nadine; Law, Andy; Pennington, Sarah and Wilkie, Alex. 2007. Plane Tracker.

Show/Exhibition

Experimental Thinking / Design Practices
Gaver, William; Michael, Mike; Kerridge, Tobie; Ovalle, Liliana; Plummer-Fernandez, Matthew; Wilkie, Alex and Gabrys, Jennifer. 2015. Experimental Thinking / Design Practices. In: "Experimental Thinking / Design Practices", Griffith University Art Gallery, Australia.

Feral Experimental
Gaver, William; Michael, Mike; Kerridge, Tobie; Ovalle, Liliana; Plummer-Fernandez, Matthew; Wilkie, Alex and Gabrys, Jennifer. 2014. Feral Experimental. In: "Feral Experimental", UNSW Galleries, Sydney, Australia.

The Curious Home
Boucher, Andy; Bowers, John; Gaver, William; Jarvis, Nadine; Law, Andy; Pennington, Sarah; Wilkie, Alex and Kerridge, Tobie. 2007. The Curious Home. In: "The Curious Home", Pacific Playhouse, London, United Kingdom, 29 June to 15 July 2007.

Conference or Workshop Item

Energy Babble: Mixing Environmentally-Oriented Internet Content to Engage Community Groups
Gaver, William; Michael, Mike; Kerridge, Tobie; Wilkie, Alex; Boucher, Andy; Ovalle, Liliana and Plummer-Fernandez, Matthew. 2015. 'Energy Babble: Mixing Environmentally-Oriented Internet Content to Engage Community Groups'. In: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Seoul, Korea, Republic of April 18 - 23, 2015.

The photostroller: supporting diverse care home residents in engaging with the world
Gaver, William; Wright, Peter; Boucher, Andy; Bowers, John; Blythe, Mark; Jarvis, Nadine; Cameron, David; Kerridge, Tobie; Wilkie, Alex and Phillips, Robert. 2011. 'The photostroller: supporting diverse care home residents in engaging with the world'. In: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2011). Vancouver, United Kingdom April 04 - 09, 2009.

Prototyping the Prospects of Obesity
Wilkie, Alex. 2010. 'Prototyping the Prospects of Obesity'. In: Prototyping Cultures: Social Experimentation, Do-It-Yourself Science And Beta Knowledge. Madrid, Spain.

Participation, Translation & Accountability
Wilkie, Alex. 2010. 'Participation, Translation & Accountability'. In: Making and Opening: Entangling Design and Social Science. Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom.

Enacting Users, Mediating Publics
Wilkie, Alex. 2010. 'Enacting Users, Mediating Publics'. In: EASST 2010: Practicing Science and Technology, Performing the Social. Trento, Italy.

Controversy and Publics: Mapping Issue Networks
Wilkie, Alex. 2009. 'Controversy and Publics: Mapping Issue Networks'. In: UNSPECIFIED. Copenhagen, Denmark.

Mapping Issues, Topics and Controversies
Wilkie, Alex. 2009. 'Mapping Issues, Topics and Controversies'. In: Bringing New Developments in the Social Sciences into Design Education. Manchester School of Architecture, The University of Manchester, United Kingdom.

Attaching Ethnographic Users to Objects
Wilkie, Alex. 2009. 'Attaching Ethnographic Users to Objects'. In: Design and Social Science Seminar Series. Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom.

Made in Criticalland: Designing Matters of Concern
Wilkie, Alex and Ward, Matt. 2009. 'Made in Criticalland: Designing Matters of Concern'. In: Networks of Design. Falmouth, United Kingdom.

Prototyping Health Care Users
Wilkie, Alex. 2008. 'Prototyping Health Care Users'. In: Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) and European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) 2008 Joint Annual Meeting. Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Threshold devices: looking out from the home
Gaver, William; Wilkie, Alex; Boucher, Andy; Law, Andy; Pennington, Sarah; Bowers, John; Beaver, Jacob; Humble, Jan; Kerridge, Tobie and Villar, Nicholas. 2008. 'Threshold devices: looking out from the home'. In: Proceedings of the twenty-sixth annual SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems (CHI 2008). Florence, United Kingdom April 04 - 09, 2009.

Colonizing the Spectrum: Demos and the Future Users of Location-Based Technology
Wilkie, Alex and Michael, Mike. 2007. 'Colonizing the Spectrum: Demos and the Future Users of Location-Based Technology'. In: Negotiating the Future International Seminar. Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture (TIK), Norway 1/6/2007.

Article

Speculative method and Twitter: Bots, energy and three conceptual characters
Wilkie, Alex; Michael, Mike and Plummer-Fernandez, Matthew. 2014. Speculative method and Twitter: Bots, energy and three conceptual characters. Sociological Review, pp. 1-23. ISSN 0038-0261

Prototyping as Event: Designing the Future of Obesity
Wilkie, Alex. 2013. Prototyping as Event: Designing the Future of Obesity. Journal of Cultural Economy, pp. 1-17.

Regimes of Design, Logics of Users
Wilkie, Alex. 2011. Regimes of Design, Logics of Users. Athenea Digital, 11(1), pp. 317-334. ISSN 1578-8946)

Creative Assemblages: Organisation and Outputs of Practice-Led Research
Wilkie, Alex; Gaver, William; Hemment, Drew and Giannachi, Gabriella. 2010. Creative Assemblages: Organisation and Outputs of Practice-Led Research. Leonardo, 43(1), pp. 98-99. ISSN 0024-094X

Expectation and Mobilisation: Enacting Future Users
Wilkie, Alex and Michael, Mike. 2009. Expectation and Mobilisation: Enacting Future Users. Science, Technology & Human Values, 34(4), pp. 502-522. ISSN 0162-2439

Book Section

'At home in the studio: a note on Daphne Oram's sound-house'
Waller, Laurie. 2015. 'At home in the studio: a note on Daphne Oram's sound-house'. In: Ignacio Farias and Alex Wilkie, eds. Studio Studies: Operations, Topologies & Displacements (CRESC). Routledge. ISBN 978-1138798717

Studio Studies: Notes for a research program
Farías, Ignacio and Wilkie, Alex. 2015. Studio Studies: Notes for a research program. In: Farías Farías and Alex Wilkie, eds. Studio Studies: Operations, Topologies & Displacements. London; New York, NY: Routledge, pp. 1-21. ISBN ISBN 978-1-138-79871-7

Temporalities, aesthetics and the studio: an interview with Georgina Born
Born, Georgina and Wilkie, Alex. 2015. Temporalities, aesthetics and the studio: an interview with Georgina Born. In: Ignacio Farías and Alex Wilkie, eds. Studio Studies: Operations, Topologies & Displacements. London; New York, NY: Routledge, pp. 135-151. ISBN ISBN 978-1-138-79871-7

The Design Studio as a Centre of Synthesis
Wilkie, Alex and Michael, Mike. 2015. The Design Studio as a Centre of Synthesis. In: Ignacio Farías and Alex Wilkie, eds. Studio Studies: Operations, Topologies & Displacements. London; New York, NY: Routledge, pp. 25-39. ISBN ISBN 978-1-138-79871-7

Learning Design Through Social Science
Wilkie, Alex and Mattozzi, Alvise. 2014. Learning Design Through Social Science. In: Giorgio Camuffo; Maddalena Dalla Mura and Alvise Mattozzi, eds. About learning and design. Bozen-Bolzano, Italy: Bozen-Bolzano University Press, pp. 196-203. ISBN 978-88-6046-067-7

Prototypes in design: materializing futures
Wilkie, Alex. 2010. Prototypes in design: materializing futures. In: Christopher Kelty; Alberto Corsin Jimenez and George E. Marcus, eds. Protoyping Prototyping. Madrid: ARC Studio, pp. 43-50.

STAR: Tone reproduction and physically based spectral rendering
Devlin, Kate; Chalmers, Alan; Wilkie, Alex and Purgathofer, W. 2002. STAR: Tone reproduction and physically based spectral rendering. In: Dieter Fellner and Roberto Scopignio, eds. State of the Art Reports, Eurographics 2002. The Eurographics Association.

Edited Book

Studio Studies: Operations, Topologies & Displacements
Farías, Ignacio and Wilkie, Alex, eds. 2015. Studio Studies: Operations, Topologies & Displacements. London; New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-1-138-79871-7

Printed Ephemera

Sustainability, Invention and Energy Demand Reduction: Co-designing Communities and Practice
Boucher, Andy; Bowers, John; Cameron, David; Jarvis, Nadine; Gabrys, Jennifer; Gaver, William; Kerridge, Tobie; Michael, Mike and Wilkie, Alex. 2010. Sustainability, Invention and Energy Demand Reduction: Co-designing Communities and Practice.

Making and Opening: Entangling Design and Social Science - conference delegate hand-out
Wilkie, Alex; Kerridge, Tobie; Michael, Mike; Gaver, William; Wakeford, Nina and Jungnickel, Kat. 2010. Making and Opening: Entangling Design and Social Science - conference delegate hand-out.

The Objects of Design and Social Science: Design and Social Science Seminar Series 2009-2010
Wilkie, Alex; Jarvis, Nadine and Boucher, Andy. 2009. The Objects of Design and Social Science: Design and Social Science Seminar Series 2009-2010.

Project

'Speculation and Speculative Research Workshop', International Workshop with participants from UK, US, and Australia on speculation in social and cultural research and STS
Savransky, Martin; Gabrys, Jennifer; Rosengarten, Marsha and Wilkie, Alex. 2014. 'Speculation and Speculative Research Workshop', International Workshop with participants from UK, US, and Australia on speculation in social and cultural research and STS.

Thesis

User Assemblages in Design: An Ethnographic Study
Wilkie, Alex. 2010. User Assemblages in Design: An Ethnographic Study. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London