Kat Jungnickel

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Kat Jungnickel






k.jungnickel (@gold.ac.uk)

Kat researches invention, mobilities, gender and DIY tech communities of practice

Kat's research explores the role of technologies in relation to mobilities, bodies, gender and DiY cultures. Drawing on STS and Feminist Technoscience, she explores how people radically re-invent and re-imagine socio-political worlds with mundane and ordinary things.

Making and engaging are integral to Kat’s work. Her multi-dimensional practice research spans from time-lapse videos and enquiry-machines to installations and costumes. She started “speculative sewing” in the Bikes & Bloomers research and develops this further in her ERC funded Politics of Patents (POP) project about citizenship, invention and 200 years of wearable-tech. This approach stitches together theory, data and methods into 3D arguments. It opens up for discussion embodied, object-oriented and performative ways of thinking with and about inventive forms of knowledge transmission.

She is PI on the ERC funded “Politics of Patents: Re-imagining citizenship via clothing inventions” and co-director of Methods Lab

Research interests

Kat’s research combines critical analysis and inventive practice with a commitment to public engagement. Her focus on mobilities, bodies, gender and DiY cultures contributes to STS, feminist technoscience and queer studies. Her approach is informed by an interest in making arguments in multi-dimensional forms.

Kat has a track record for rigorous, original and interdisciplinary funded research. She has experience leading multi-scaled projects and teams, developing inventive methods and new modes of knowledge transmission. These include ESRC, AHRC, college and industry grants and an ERC consolidator grant.

Projects include:

Politics of Patents - PI
POP is an ambitious European Research Council 5yr project that examines 200yrs of clothing inventions in the European Patent Office and other sites. Kat leads a team of sewing social scientists in the POPLab using quantitative, in-depth visual and document analysis, ethnography, interviews and speculative sewing – making and wearing historic data – to develop insights into the history of invention, wearable technology and citizenship.

Bikes & Bloomers - PI
B&B explores Victorian cycling, early wearable technology and radical feminist cultures of invention. It combines archival research with the making of a collection of “convertible” cycle costumes, inspired by 1890s patents. Kat led an interdisciplinary team - tailor, artist, weaver, researchers - to make costumes, give talks, workshops, performances and exhibitions. The project resulted in a book, articles, animations, time-lapse videos and open access sewing pattern packs.

Transmissions - PI
Transmissions is an ESRC/ Intel funded project that brought together a range of researchers in and outside the academy to explore, critique and foster knowledge exchange around inventive methods and knowledge transmission. Held in UK, US and Germany, events featured talks, workshops, exhibitions and performances. An edited book was published by MIT Press.

Publications and research outputs


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

Coleman, Rebecca; Jungnickel, Kat and Puwar, Nirmal, eds. 2024. How to do social research with…. London: Goldsmiths Press. ISBN 9781913380427

Lammes, Sybille; Jungnickel, Kat; Hjorth, Larissa and Rae, Jen, eds. 2023. Failurists: When Things Go Awry. Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures. ISBN 9789083328201

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

Book Section

Bonham, Jennifer and Jungnickel, Katrina. 2022. Cycling and Gender: Past, Present and Paths Ahead. In: Glen Norcliffe; Una Brogan; Peter Cox; Boyang Gao; Tony Hadland; Sheila Hanlon; Tim Jones; Nicholas Oddy and Luis Vivanco, eds. Routledge Companion to Cycling. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 24-32. ISBN 9780367683993

Jungnickel, Kat and Hjorth, Larissa. 2020. Doing Critical Creative Practice and Social Research. In: Larissa Hjorth; Adriana de Souza e Silva and Klare Lanson, eds. The Routledge Companion to Mobile Media Art. New York: Routledge. ISBN 9780429242816

Jungnickel, Kat. 2020. Introducing. In: Kat Jungnickel, ed. Transmissions: Critical tactics for making and communicating research. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, pp. 1-16. ISBN 9780262043403


Jungnickel, Kat. 2024. Convertible, multiple and hidden: The inventive lives of women’s sport and activewear 1890–1940. Sociological Review, 72(3), pp. 588-610. ISSN 0038-0261

Jungnickel, Kat and May, Katja. 2023. From 100-year-old women’s motoring masks to contemporary PPE: A socio-political study of persistent problems and inventive possibilities. Sociology, 57(6), pp. 1430-1449. ISSN 0038-0385

Jungnickel, Katrina. 2023. Speculative sewing: Researching, reconstructing, and re-imagining wearable technoscience. Social Studies of Science, 53(1), pp. 146-162. ISSN 0306-3127

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, Kat and Syndicate, Adventure. 2023. Women on the Move Trailer.

Jungnickel, Kat and Syndicate, Adventure. 2023. Women on the Move - film and afterword.

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


Jungnickel, Katrina; Fairfax, Duncan; Ballie, Jen and Wilkie, Alex. 2015. The Dewey Organ Project. In: "Imagination Festival", Govanhill Baths, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 4-6 September 2015.


Jungnickel, Katrina. 2008. Making WiFi: A Sociological Study of Backyard Technologists in Suburban Australia. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London