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Dr Alex Wilkie

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

Dr Alex Wilkie is the Director of Research in the Department of Design, a Director of the Centre of Invention and Social Process (Department of Sociology) and the convener of the MPhil/PhD programme in Design. He has been working at the intersection between design and science and technology studies (STS) since 1999.

Alex studied Computer Related Design (CRD) at the Royal College of Art and gained his PhD (2010) in sociology at Goldsmiths, which featured an ethnographic study of users and user-centered design. He 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 he has been a member of the Interaction Research Studio, at Goldsmiths, since 2006.

Alex is particularly interested in exploring computational technology and the politics of participation as well as inventive research methods and research through design. He currently works on topics including aesthetics, 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 theory, 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

Liam Healy
Thesis title: Empirical speculation and urban disasters: Prototyping futures in the Jungle
Co-supervised with Michael Guggenheim (Sociology) and Laura Potter.
ARHC funded.

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)
ARHC funded.

Tom Keene
Thesis title: The housing database made visible: Regenerative politics, participation and design
Co-supervised with Graham Harwood.
ARHC funded.

Tim Miller
Thesis title: Re-scripting organisations: Inventing the designer-in-residence
Co-supervised with Michael Guggenheim (Sociology).
AHRC funded.

Sarah Pennington
Thesis title: Curating issues of concern: mediating critically engaged design
Co-Supervised with Janis Jeffries.
ARHC funded.

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.
ARHC funded.

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.

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.

Anna Williams
Thesis title: Designing the future? How can speculation play a role in improving foresight for science and technology policy making?
Co-supervised with Michael Guggenheim
AHRC funded.

Publications

Edited Book

Speculative Research: The Lure of Possible Futures
Wilkie, Alex; Savransky, Martin and Rosengarten, Marsha, eds. 2017. Speculative Research: The Lure of Possible Futures. New York & London: Routledge. ISBN 978-1138688360

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

Book Section

Speculating
Wilkie, Alex. 2017. Speculating. In: Celia Lury; Patricia T. Clough; Una Chung; Rachel Fensham; Sybille Lammes; Angela Last; Mike Michael and Emma Uprichard, eds. Routledge Handbook of Interdisciplinary Research Methods. London; New York, NY: Routledge. ISBN 1138886874

Section Introduction: Speculative techniques
Wilkie, Alex; Savransky, Martin and Rosengarten, Marsha. 2017. Section Introduction: Speculative techniques. In: Alex Wilkie; Martin Savransky and Marsha Rosengarten, eds. Speculative research: The lure of possible futures. New York & London: Routledge. ISBN 1138688363

On Isabelle Stengers’ ‘Cosmopolitics’: A Speculative Adventure
Bell, Vikki. 2017. On Isabelle Stengers’ ‘Cosmopolitics’: A Speculative Adventure. In: Alex Wilkie; Martin Savransky and Marsha Rosengarten, eds. Speculative Research: The Lure of Possible Futures. London: Routledge. ISBN 9781138688360

Doing speculation to curtail speculation
Wilkie, Alex and Michael, Mike. 2017. Doing speculation to curtail speculation. In: Alex Wilkie; Martin Savransky and Marsha Rosengarten, eds. Speculative research: The lure of possible futures. New York & London: Routledge. ISBN 1138688363

Section Introduction: Speculative Propositions
Savransky, Martin; Rosengarten, Marsha and Wilkie, Alex. 2017. Section Introduction: Speculative Propositions. In: Alex Wilkie; Martin Savransky and Marsha Rosengarten, eds. Speculative Research: The Lure of Possible Futures. Oxon; New York: Routledge. ISBN 9781138688360

The Lure of Possible Futures: On Speculative Research
Savransky, Martin; Wilkie, Alex and Rosengarten, Marsha. 2017. The Lure of Possible Futures: On Speculative Research. In: Alex Wilkie; Martin Savransky and Marsha Rosengarten, eds. Speculative Research: The Lure of Possible Futures. New York & London: Routledge. ISBN 1138688363

A peculiar demand: the social in HIV, TB and Ebola in Inventing the Social
Rosengarten, M.. 2017. A peculiar demand: the social in HIV, TB and Ebola in Inventing the Social. In: Noortje Marres; Michael Guggenheim and A. Wilkie, eds. Inventing the Social. UK: Mattering Press.

Pluralities of Action, a Lure for Speculative Thought
Rosengarten, Marsha. 2017. Pluralities of Action, a Lure for Speculative Thought. In: Alex Wilkie; Martin Savransky and Marsha Rosengarten, eds. Speculative Research: The Lure of Possible Futures. United Kingdom: CRESC series, Routledge. ISBN 9781138688360

Section 2: Speculative lures
Rosengarten, Marsha; Savransky, Martin and Wilkie, Alex. 2017. Section 2: Speculative lures. In: Alex Wilkie; Martin Savransky and Marsha Rosengarten, eds. Speculative Research The Lure of Possible Futures. Routledge. ISBN 9781138688360

Section Introduction: Speculative implications
Savransky, Martin; Wilkie, Alex and Rosengarten, Marsha. 2017. Section Introduction: Speculative implications. In: Alex Wilkie; Martin Savransky and Marsha Rosengarten, eds. Speculative Research The Lure of Possible Futures. (236) Routledge. ISBN 9781138688360

'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

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

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

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.

Article

Introduction: Aesthetics, Cosmopolitics and Design
Wilkie, Alex. 2016. Introduction: Aesthetics, Cosmopolitics and Design. P. Lloyd & E. Bohemia, eds., Proceedings of DRS2016: Design + Research + Society - Future-Focused Thinking, 3, pp. 873-879. ISSN 2398-3132

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. Proceedings of CHI 2015, pp. 1115-1124.

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.

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. pp. 1757-2222.

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

Conference or Workshop Item

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.

Energy Babble: Design Interventions for Energy Reduction Communities
Gabrys, Jennifer; Kerridge, Tobie; Michael, Mike; Wilkie, Alex and Ovalle, Liliana. 'Energy Babble: Design Interventions for Energy Reduction Communities'. In: EASST/4S 2012. Copenhagen Business School, Denmark 17-20 Oct 2012.

AHRC ProtoPublics Project Presentation - "The Dewey Organ"
Jungnickel, Katrina; Fairfax, Duncan; Ballie, Jen and Wilkie, Alex. 'AHRC ProtoPublics Project Presentation - "The Dewey Organ"'. In: AHRC ProtoPublics Research Projects Presentation. AHRC Design Symposium, United Kingdom 25/09/2015.

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.

Energy Babble
Gaver, William; Michael, Mike; Kerridge, Tobie; Wilkie, Alex; Boucher, Andy; Ovalle, Liliana and Plummer-Fernandez, Matthew. Energy Babble.

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.

Show/Exhibition

Energy Babble
Gaver, William; Kerridge, Tobie; Wilkie, Alex; Ovalle, Liliana and Plummer-Fernandez, Matthew. 2016. Energy Babble. In: "Climactic: Post Normal Design", Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, United States, Nov - Dec 2016.

IMAGINATION FESTIVAL - Glasgow 4-6 September 2015 "DEWEY ORGAN PROJECT" (Govanhill Baths) with Goldsmiths/ Duncan Jordanstone College/Civic Workshop
Jungnickel, Katrina; Fairfax, Duncan; ballie, Jen and Wilkie, Alex. 2015. IMAGINATION FESTIVAL - Glasgow 4-6 September 2015 "DEWEY ORGAN PROJECT" (Govanhill Baths) with Goldsmiths/ Duncan Jordanstone College/Civic Workshop. In: "IMAGINATION FESTIVAL - Glasgow 4-6 September 2015 "DEWEY ORGAN PROJECT"", Govanhill Baths, United Kingdom, 4-6 September 2015.

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.

Web Science 2015
Boucher, Andy; Cameron, David; Gaver, William; Hauenstein, Mark; Jarvis, Nadine; Kerridge, Tobie; Michael, Mike; Ovalle, Liliana; Pennington, Sarah and Wilkie, Alex. 2015. Web Science 2015. In: "Web Science 2015 Conference Exhibition", Web Sci '15, United Kingdom, 28 June – 1 July 2015.

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.

Energy Babble
Gaver, William; Michael, Mike; Kerridge, Tobie; Ovalle, Liliana; Plummer-Fernandez, Matthew; Wilkie, Alex and Gabrys, Jennifer. 2014. Energy Babble. In: "A Sense of Energy", The White Building, London, United Kingdom, 26 Jun - 28 Jun 2014.

Energy Babble
Gaver, William; Michael, Mike; Kerridge, Tobie; Ovalle, Liliana; Plummer-Fernandez, Matthew; Wilkie, Alex and Gabrys, Jennifer. 2014. Energy Babble. In: "A Sense of Energy", The Senedd, Cardiff, United Kingdom, 30 Sept - 2 Oct 2014.

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.

A Sense Of Energy: Multimodal Encounters With Energy Communities
Gaver, William; Kerridge, Tobie; Wilkie, Alex; Ovalle, Liliana and Plummer-Fernandez, Matthew. A Sense Of Energy: Multimodal Encounters With Energy Communities. In: "A Sense of Energy", The Welsh Assembly, Cardiff, United Kingdom, 30 Sept - 2 Oct 2014.

Multimodal Encounters With Energy Communities
Gaver, William; Kerridge, Tobie; Wilkie, Alex; Ovalle, Liliana and Plummer-Fernandez, Matthew. Multimodal Encounters With Energy Communities. In: "A Sense of Energy", The White Building, London, United Kingdom, 26-28 June 2014.

Thesis

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