Kat Jungnickel

Staff details

Position Senior Lecturer
Department Sociology
Email k.jungnickel (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 3188
Kat Jungnickel

Kat's research explores the role and importance of technologies in relation to mobility cultures, gender relations and grassroots hands-on DiY and DiT communities. Drawing on Science & Technology Studies (STS) and Feminist Technoscience, her work pays particular attention to mundane everyday practices and the use of found, purchased and resourcefully adapted materials and improvised methods as a means of re-imagining understandings of and relationships to technology.

Making and engaging are integral to Kat’s work. Her practice is informed by an interest in different ways of ‘telling about society’ (Becker 2007). As a result her work takes many forms – websites, blogs, machines, films, printed materials, photographs, performances, installations and, most recently, costume. This varied approach generates dialogue between multi-dimensional materials and practices and opens up for discussion hands-on and object-oriented ways of thinking about and through knowledge production.

Recently she has been using sewing as a sociological method on an ESRC funded project about the history of women’s cycle wear and changing ideas about gender politics, mobility technologies, citizenship and public space in late Nineteenth Century Britain. See the Bikes & Bloomers website.


  • Convenor of MA Brands, Communication and Culture
  • Convenor of Visual and Inventive Practice – MA Visual Sociology core module
  • Convenor of Branding II: Key Themes and Debates
  • Convenor of Privacy, Surveillance and Security – UG third year option module

She also contributes to Empirical Visual Research, Theories and Debates in Visual Research, Social Research for Public Engagement, Feminist Methods Masterclass.




Research Interests

STS, mobilities, cycling, cycle wear, invention, patents, ethnographic methods, new materialism, DiY/DiT, maker culture, urban studies

Research websites

  • Bikes & Bloomers - ESRC funded project exploring the history of Victorian women’s cycle wear
  • Transmissions & Entanglements- ESRC funded knowledge exchanged funded project exploring the making, curating and communication of knowledge



Hjorth, Larissa; Harris, Anne M.; Jungnickel, Katrina and Coombs, Gretchen. 2020. Creative Practice Ethnographies. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books. ISBN 9781498572125

Jungnickel, Katrina. 2018. Bikes and Bloomers: Victorian women inventors and their extraordinary cycle wear. London: Goldsmiths Press. ISBN 9781906897758

Jungnickel, Katrina. 2014. DIY WiFi: Re-imagining Connectivity. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-137-31252-5

Edited Book

Jungnickel, Katrina, ed. 2020. Transmissions: critical tactics for making and communicating research. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press. ISBN 9780262043403

Book Section

Mchardy, Julien and Jungnickel, Katrina. 2020. Machines for Enquiring. In: Katrina Jungnickel, ed. Transmissions: Critical Tactics for Making and Communicating Research. Massachusetts: MIT Press, pp. 36-64. ISBN 9780262043403

Spinney, Justin and Jungnickel, Katrina. 2019. Studying Mobilities. In: Paul Atkinson; Sarah Delamont; Alexandru Cernat; Joseph W. Sakshaug and Richard A. Williams, eds. SAGE Research Methods Foundations. London: SAGE Publications. ISBN 9781526421036

Jungnickel, Katrina. 2017. Making things to make sense of things: DiY as research subject and practice. In: Jentery Sayers, ed. The Routledge Companion to Media Studies and Digital Humanities. Oxon: Routledge. ISBN 9781138844308

Jungnickel, Katrina. 2017. Making “ournet not the internet”: an ethnography of home-brew high-tech practices in suburban Australia. In: Larissa Hjorth; Heather Horst; Anne Galloway and Genevieve Bell, eds. The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography. Oxon: Routledge. ISBN 9781138940918

Jungnickel, Katrina. 2017. Mobile Devices of Resistance: Victorian Inventors, Women Cyclists, and Convertible Cycle Wear. In: Howard Caygill; Martina Leeker and Tobias Schulze, eds. Inventions in Digital Cultures: Technology, the Political, Methods. Lüneburg: Meson Press, pp. 123-136. ISBN 978-3-95796-110-5

Jungnickel, Katrina. 2015. Jumps, stutters and other failed images: using time-lapse video in cycling research. In: Charlotte Bates, ed. Video Methods: Social Science Research in Motion. London: Routledge, Advances in Research Methods series., pp. 121-141. ISBN 0415734010


Jungnickel, Katrina. 2018. The ingenious cyclewear Victorian women invented to navigate social mores, The Guardian Bike Blog, June 2018. The Guardian, Bike Blog,

Jungnickel, Katrina. 2015. Sewing as a design method. Interactions(6), p. 72.

Jungnickel, Katrina. 2015. ‘‘One needs to be very brave to stand all that’’: Cycling, rational dress and the struggle for citizenship in late nineteenth century Britain. Geoforum, 64, pp. 362-371. ISSN 0016-7185

Forlano, Laura and Jungnickel, Katrina. 2015. Hacking Binaries/Hacking Hybrids: Understanding the Black/White Binary as a Socio-technical Practice. Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology(6), ISSN 2325-0496

Jungnickel, Katrina and Hjorth, Larissa. 2014. Methodological entanglements in the field: Methods, transitions and transmissions. Visual Studies, 29(2), pp. 136-145. ISSN 1472-586X

Aldred, Rachel and Jungnickel, Katrina. 2014. Why culture matters for transport policy: the case of cycling in the UK. Journal of Transport Geography, 34, pp. 78-87. ISSN 0966-6923

Jungnickel, Katrina and Aldred, Rachel. 2013. Cycling’s Sensory Strategies: How Cyclists Mediate their Exposure to the Urban Environment. Mobilities, 9(2), pp. 238-255. ISSN 1745-0101

Aldred, Rachel and Jungnickel, Katrina. 2013. Matter in or out of place? Bicycle parking strategies and their effects on people, practices and places. Social & Cultural Geography, 14(6), pp. 604-624. ISSN 1464-9365

Jungnickel, Katrina. 2013. Getting there… and back: how ethnographic commuting (by bicycle) shaped a study of Australian backyard technologists. Qualitative Research, 14(6), pp. 640-655. ISSN 1468-7941

Aldred, Rachel and Jungnickel, Katrina. 2012. Constructing Mobile Places between ‘Leisure’ and ‘Transport’: A Case Study of Two Group Cycle Rides. Sociology, 46(3), pp. 523-539. ISSN 0038-0385

Jungnickel, Katrina. 2012. On being 'out there': Experiencing, examining and representing cycling cultures. Off Tour,

Jungnickel, Katrina. 2010. Exhibiting ethnographic knowledge: Making sociology about makers of technology. Street Signs, pp. 32-35. ISSN 2043-0124

Conference or Workshop Item

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

Jungnickel, Katrina. 2014. 'Live Transmissions: Critical conversations about crafting, performing and making'. In: Live Transmissions: Critical conversations about crafting, performing and making. London, United Kingdom 11-14 June 2014.


Jungnickel, Katrina. 2018. Bikes and Bloomers #1 Pulley Cycling Skirt.

Jungnickel, Katrina. 2018. Bikes and Bloomers Pattern#2 Cycling Semi-Skirt.

Jungnickel, Katrina. 2018. Bikes and Bloomers Pattern #3 Three Piece Cycling Suit.

Jungnickel, Katrina. 2018. Bikes and Bloomers Pattern #4 Cycling Skirt/ Cape.

Jungnickel, Katrina. 2018. Bikes and Bloomers Pattern #5 Side-Button Cycling Skirt.


Jungnickel, Katrina. 2018. Goldsmiths research questions: What secrets did Victorian cyclists hide in their wardrobes?.

Jungnickel, Katrina. 2014. Bloomer Making Workshop & Bloomer Ride, ESRC funded 'Freedom of Movement: the bike, bloomer and female cyclist in late nineteenth century Britain', www.bikesandbloomers.com.


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.

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