Kat's research explores the role of technologies in relation to mobilities, bodies, gender/queer 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 varied critical creative practice spans from time-lapse videos and enquiry-machines to installations and costumes. She pioneered “sociological sewing” in the Bikes & Bloomers research and develops this further in her ERC funded Politics of Patents project about citizenship, invention and wearable-tech. This approach opens up for discussion embodied, object-oriented and performative ways of thinking with and about inventive forms of knowledge making and transmission.
She is PI on the ERC Consolidator funded “Politics of Patents: Re-imagining citizenship via clothing inventions” and co-director of Methods Lab
Kat’s research combines critical analysis and inventive practice with a commitment to knowledge transmission and public engagement. Her focus on mobilities, bodies, gender/queer and DiY cultures contributes to STS, Feminist technoscience and citizenship studies. Her approach is informed by an interest in making sociological 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, pioneering inventive methods and new modes of knowledge transmission. These include ESRC, AHRC, college and industry grants and a prestigious ERC consolidator award.
Politics of Patents - PI
POP is an ambitious 5yr project that examines 200yrs of clothing inventions in the European Patent Office. Kat leads POPLab and her 5person team using quantitative, in-depth visual and document analysis, ethnography, interviews and sociological sewing – making and wearing historic artefacts – 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
Jungnickel, Katrina. 2018. Bikes and Bloomers: Victorian Women Inventors and their Extraordinary Cycle Wear. London: Goldsmiths Press. ISBN 9781906897758
Jungnickel, Katrina, ed. 2020. Transmissions: critical tactics for making and communicating research. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press. ISBN 9780262043403
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
Jefferies, Janis K.. 2020. Performing and Provoking. In: Katrina Jungnickel, ed. Transmissions: Critical Tactics for Making and Communicating Research. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, pp. 173-194. ISBN 9780262043403
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 and May, Katja. 2022. From 100-year-old women’s motoring masks to contemporary PPE: A socio-political study of persistent problems and inventive possibilities. Sociology, ISSN 0038-0385
Jungnickel, Katrina. 2022. Speculative sewing: Researching, reconstructing, and re-imagining wearable technoscience. Social Studies of Science, ISSN 0306-3127
Jungnickel, Katrina; May, Katja and Fowles, Ellen. 2022. Patently revolutionary What an 1895 bicycle skirt tells us about gender, citizenship and change. The Sociological Review Magazine, 2022(June),
Jungnickel, Katrina. 2021. Clothing inventions as acts of citizenship? The politics of material participation, wearable technologies and women patentees in late Victorian Britain. Science Technology & Human Values, ISSN 0162-2439
Jungnickel, Katrina. 2021. Politics of Patents: Researching, making and wearing alternative histories of clothing inventions. Digital Culture & Society, 6(1), pp. 207-210. ISSN 2364-2114
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. ‘‘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. 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. 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. 2008. Making WiFi: A Sociological Study of Backyard Technologists in Suburban Australia. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London
Further profile content
Jungnickel, K. (ed). 2020. Transmissions: Critical tactics for making and communicating research, MIT Press.
Transmissions explores tactics for inventing and sharing research, focusing on forms such as poetry, performance, catalogs, interactive machines, costume and digital platforms.
Hjorth, L., Harris, A., Jungnickel, K and Coombs, G. 2020. Creative Practice Ethnographies, Lexington Press.
This experimental co-written book explores how and why the intersection of ethnography and creative practice matters for doing socially impactful research.
Jungnickel, K. 2018. Bikes and Bloomers: Victorian women inventors and their extraordinary cyclewear, Goldsmiths Press
B&B explores Victorian cycling, early wearable technology, and radical feminist cultures of invention.
Goldsmiths Research Centres/Groups
BBC4 TV documentary - Victorian Sensations
B&B featured in this 3 part series about a decade of rapid socio-technical and cultural change.
BBC1 Countryfile special
B&B featured in a Countryfile special celebrating 200 years since Queen Victoria’s birth by exploring Victorians' fascination with nature and the great outdoors, including the popularity of cycling.
Goldsmiths Research Questions: What secrets did Victorian cyclists hide in their wardrobes?
This research video on B&B was shortlisted for a 2019 AHRC Research in Film Award
Conferences and talks
Digital Ethnography Research Centre Seminar Series, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia
Talk: "Getting into research: Critical makings, experimental wearings and alternative doings"
4S - Society for the Social Studies of Science Annual Conference, New Orleans, USA.
Paper: “Politics of Past Patents: Researching “haunted” acts of citizenship”
Welcome lecture to MA Design students, Aalto University, Design School, Helsinki, Finland
Keynote: “What Can We Learn from (Dead) Inventors? Re-imagining the past. Making the present. Designing the future”.
Intellectual Property for the Un-Disciplined conference, PASSIM, Linköping University, Sweden
Talk: “Politics of Patents: Re-imagining Citizenship via Clothing Inventions 1820-2020”,
Open University Space Seminar Series, Milton Keynes, UK
Talk: “Politics of Patents: Researching, making and wearing clothing inventions”
York Festival of Ideas "World of Wonder", UK
Keynote: "Bikes and Bloomers: Victorian women inventors and their extraordinary cyclewear"
The Unfinished in Architecture, Design and Planning Symposium, Open University, London, UK
Sewing workshop: "The Unfinished Pocket"
West of England Costume Society annual study day, Bath, UK
Keynote: "“One Wants Nerves of Iron”: Cycling, Convertible Cyclewear and Courage in late Victorian Britain"
Grants and awards
European Consolidator Grant 2019-2024 (€1,802,154) - PI
ERC funded Politics of Patents is a 5yr project exploring wearable technology, inventions and citizenship.
2017: Goldsmiths Research & Enterprise grant: Practice Research Review - PI
2016: Goldsmiths Concordat Implementation Group grant: Practice Research PhD/ECR Forum events - PI
AHRC ProtoPublics Design Sprint grant - PI
Co-design experiment to prototype ways of making problems and publics
AHRC/Creative Exchange grant - Co-I
Near Miss Cycle Research led by PI: Rachel Aldred, University of Westminster
ESRC Knowledge Exchange grant - PI
This project brought together a range of researchers in and outside the academy to explore, critique and foster knowledge exchange around inventive methods and knowledge transmission.
Intel Digital Home Group (USA) grant - PI
Seed funding to run pilot events for the Transmissions project to explore alternative forms of making and communicating research
Artefacts and installations
Open access PDF sewing pattern packs
Six open access PDF sewing pattern packs inspired by the Bikes & Bloomers research about 1890s women's convertible cycle wear. Available at www.bikesandbloomers.com
2019 B&B installation in the Institute of Engineering and Technology, London, UK
2018 B&B talk and installation, Cambridge Cycling Festival, London, UK
2018 B&B installation, London Cycling Campaign Cycling Festival, Guildhall, London, UK
2018 B&B installation & sewing workshop, Field Day Music Festival, London, UK
2018 B&B talk and installation, London Transport Museum "Open Museum - Design”, Acton, UK
2018 B&B talk and installation, London Transport Museum, Late Debate “Women of the Future”, Covent Garden, London, UK