Video Interview 5: Pelle Ehn

Pelle Ehn is Professor Emeritus at Malmo University, Sweden and co-editor of a recent collection of essays Making Futures:  Marginal Notes on Innovation, Design, and Democracy (MIT Press). Pelle dropped in to the V&A to see me (GJ) and I was able to record this interview. However, my excitement at this and my ignorance with the technology I was using meant that the video image isn’t focused very well. But the words are good. Pelle talks about infrastructuring, the design and social sciences relationship and public space.

Pelle also gave a position statement on public space.


Video Interview 4: Noortje Marres

Dr Noortje Marres is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. In this interview for ProtoPublics, she talks about her work on publics and issue entanglement, the historical perspectives she draws on and reflects upon the value of engagement and participation across the social sciences and arts and humanities.

Video Interview 3: Tim Schwanen

In this short video interview, Dr Tim Schwanen, Departmental Lecturer in Transport Studies and Human Geography at the University of Oxford, talks about how design orientated research might engage more with the concept of temporality, the obstacles in developing research into policy and the contribution of the arts and humanities to his research field.

We also asked Tim to make a position statement in response to one of our core themes. He chose mobilities:

Video interview 2: Rachel Aldred

For our second video interview, we asked Dr Rachel Aldred, Senior Lecturer in Transport at the University of Westminster, to tell us about her research, the process of seeing research through to impact policy and the challenges in working as a sociologist within a transport department.

We also asked Rachel to make a short position statement response to one of our four themes (civic participation; public space; health and well-being and mobilities). She chose mobilities.

Video interview 1: Rob Imrie

In this video interview, Rob Imrie, Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, talks about changes in the quality of public space in Britain, his current work on shared social environments and some of the challenges he has experienced as a social scientist working in the design field.

We also asked Rob to deliver a position statement on one of our core themes. He chose civic participation:

Video Interview 6: Alex Wilkie

In this interview, Dr Alex Wilkie,Lecturer in Design and Programme Leader MA Interaction Design & Director of Postgraduate Research in Design Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London, talks about ‘putting pressure on the social’, the potentials in the interface between computational technology and politics and how he uses Actor Network Theory (ANT) in his work.

Alex also delivered a position statement in which he talks about our core themes of civic participation, health and well-being, mobilities and public space:

ProtoPublics ‘Sprint’ Workshop: Prototyping Design Orientated Cross Disciplinary Research

Open call for applications to attend workshop

We invite researchers from any background to join us in a two-day ‘sprint’ workshop which will bring together practitioners and researchers from the arts and humanities and other domains, who share an interest in using academic research to address collective and public challenges.

The workshop will be held at Lancaster University on April 16-17. It forms part of Developing participation in social design: Prototyping projects, programmes and policies, a project commissioned by the AHRC which aims to prototype new kinds of research collaboration oriented towards achieving societal change and collective outcomes. We anticipate research themes in several areas, examples of which are listed in the EoI call document (link below). Selected research consortia, who form and iterate their ideas through the sprint workshop, will have the opportunity to apply through a targeted call for Project Development Awards of up to £15,000 (fEC).

Further information from AHRC website: