Alison began her doctoral studies in the Department of Design at Goldsmiths in 2012. Her practice-based PhD explores how design-research can re-do the ‘patient experience’, and, by drawing on the work of Annemarie Mol, how it can take into account the multiple realities of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and its associated ontological politics. A core empirical part of Alison’s research involves working as a Visiting Researcher with Professor Gavin Giovannoni at the Centre for Neuroscience and Trauma at the Blizard Institute, Queen Mary, University of London.
Through using performative design-led interventions, Alison’s research examines the various ontologies of MS at play in various settings including, but not limited to: the outpatient clinic at The Royal London Hospital; the Neuroimmunology Group at the Blizard Institute, and; at various international medical science conferences. With this research, she aims to articulate how design-led methods can study enactments of MS within a healthcare setting, leading to the design of more inventive service interactions. Alison’s work is situated at the intersections of Science and Technology Studies (STS), Biomedical Science and Design Research. For Alison, the Design Department at Goldsmiths is the ideal place to support her research as it has and continues to pioneer collaborations and interdisciplinary work between design and STS.