JOE MALIA – Interaction Design
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Joe initiated, coordinated and curated the Interventions project as part of his URC research fellowship at Newcastle University. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2006 with a Masters Degree in Design Interactions. Since then he has engaged in a number of design research projects that have taken him to India, China and around Europe. He brings experience of using design for public engagement through skills in graphic and product design. He has devised and run co-creation workshops and explored creative ways to learn about, and design for, people, social behaviour and interactions.
Dr MÓNICA G. MORENO FIGUEROA – Lecturer in Sociology.
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Monica was involved in the coordination and organisation of the Interventions project. She completed a PhD in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Mónica has taught at Goldsmiths and Birkbeck College, University of London, and was a lecturer in Sociology and Cultural Studies at the University of Nottingham. Her research has been concerned with contemporary practices of racism, mestizaje (racial mixing), feminist theory, embodiment, visibility and emotions; alongside a specific focus on Mexico and Latin America.
Mónica is committed to communicating her research. She has received many invitations to present her work in a variety of forums, including public lectures and the media, and is constantly participating in national and international conferences.
Inaugural seminar Nina Wakeford is Director of INCITE, at Goldsmiths College in London. Internet cafes, digital communities, mobile usage and the use of ethnography by new technology designers have all been a focus of her research. She is interested in the ways in which collaborations can be forged between ethnographers and those from other disciplines, such as engineering and computer science, and ways in which critical social and cultural theory can play a part in the design process. Nina will be discussing ‘live sociology’ or ways of practicing social research with new media.
Ximena Cordova – PhD researcher in Latin American Studies
Ximena is completing a PhD in Latin American Studies at Newcastle University. Her thesis is focusing on the study of festive practices in the Andes, particularly looking at the case of Carnival celebrations in Oruro. Some of the key themes in her work are the performative, religion, hybridity, and different interpretations of heritage, particularly as a site of identity-making meaning. She is interested in how ‘the past’ is sometimes re-imagined as a means to forge political-symbolical capital in the present. In her research, she has used audiovisual means to convey her results and in this project she is hoping to explore further creative means for communicating her findings more widely, particularly, to the subjects of her research, the Carnival dancers of Oruro.
Rob Phillips – Product Design
Robert is currently a design consultant at the Goldsmiths Research Interaction Studio, a lecturer at the University of Sussex and visiting lecturer at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design. He has won a string of design awards and undertaken design projects for international clients and institutions such as Nokia, BBC, The British Council and Unilever and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Robert has exhibited and given talks internationally. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2006 with MA Design Products.
Dr. Cathrine Degnen – Lecturer in Social Anthropology
Catherine is an ethnographer, a social anthropologist, and most recently she has been working with British gardeners. In particular, she is interested in learning about gardening knowledge and practice as a way to navigate through the choppy waters of British debates over genetically modified food. Rather than consult the usual official and ‘expert’ figures (scientists, activists, people in the food industry, policy makers), she wished to ask instead about grounded knowledge: how do people with everyday knowledge about plants and about growing food make sense of genetic modification.
Michiko Nitta – Interaction Design
Michiko is an award winning interaction designer who graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2007 with an MA RCA in Design Interactions. She has subsequently exhibited her work in the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York, the Academy Gallery in Utrecht and has lead projects at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. Michiko has a number of publications to her name, spoken at conferences in the UK, US and China and worked in close collaboration with a social scientist on a number of commercial projects. Michiko has expressed an interest in working with environmental issues, a key theme that has travelled through her work.
Prof. Alastair Bonnett – Professor of Social Geography
Alastair is professor of social geography at Newcastle University. The research he brings to this project focuses on the large-scale movement of people away from the city and the necessity to connect memory, place and migration. This research will address issues of memory and myths of place amongst those who have left the city. It brings together a new body of work on nostalgia and memory with the study of counter-urbanisation and the use of city space.
Dr. Catherine AlexanderCat’s own research is centrally concerned with social justice through the development of radical empirical and theoretical approaches to youth, crime and the city. Feminist and participatory theory and practice inform much of her research on fear, violence and community safety; emotions and geopolitics; gender, youth, old age and intergenerational relations; and participatory geographies. Catherine recently completed her PhD at Durham University entitled “Assembling Fear, Practicing Hope: Geographies of Gender and Generation in Newcastle upon Tyne”.
Dane Whitehurst – Product Design
Dane Whitehurst is a product designer who has lectured on the BA Three Dimensional Design course at the University of Portsmouth, worked with a host of international clients such as Sony, Vodafone, Motorola and Bayer and had designs featured in a wide variety of publications.
Dane graduated from Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in 2005 with a Masters degree in Industrial Design. Through his personal work, he sets out to creates simple objects that explore the potential of material form to question, and prompt discussion around, aspects of society and culture.
Dr. Raksha Pande – Geography
Raksha has recently completed a PhD at Newcastle University. Her thesis examined the motivations, performances and discourses of arranged marriage among the South Asian population of Britain. Her core interest is in the field of migration and ethnicity. She is also interested in the link between material cultures and expressions of belonging and identity. She will be looking to explore, through future research, the various ways in which material cultures, rituals and customs get interlinked in the project of ‘inventing’ traditions. She also maintain an interest in researching the different ways in which modernity and its discontents play out in the lives of people who have migrated from the South Asian subcontinent to the UK.
Grit Hartung – Communication Design
Grit Hartung is a London-based communication designer who makes graphics and designs to emotionally engage, inform and uplift. She has previously shared a position with Alan Outten at the Social Computing Group at Imperial College London, contributed to several design publications and exhibited her work in the UK and in Germany. Grit divides her time between commercial work, for organisations, such as Troika, Design London and InnovationRCA, and more independently orientated work that explores themes of ‘form and transformation’. She graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2006 with MA RCA Communication Design.
Dr. Alison J Williams – ESRC Academic Research Fellow
Alison Williams is working on a three-year programme of research entitled ‘The Geographies of Military Airspaces’. Alison’s main interests are in the areas of political geography and geopolitics. Specifically, she is interested in what might be called ‘vertical geopolitics’; analysing the role of aviation and aircraft in the projection of power across space. This interest has both historical and contemporary foci and, to date, includes work on the popular geopolitics of Pan American Airways’ trans-Pacific air route, the enforcement of Iraq’s international boundaries, and the use of UAV’s to secure the US-Mexico border.
Nelly Ben Hayoun – Experience / Interaction design.
Nelly is a visiting lecturer at Kingston University and the Dundalk Institute of Technology who has excellent experience of interdisciplinary collaboration, most recently with Imperial College London High Energy Physics Department as part of a project that took her to the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva. She has a graduated with an MA RCA in Design Interaction at the Royal College of Art in London and has exhibited her work at the Science Gallery in Dublin, Design Festa, Tokyo, International Design Biennal St-Etienne and many more.
Dr. Yvette Taylor – Lecturer in Sociology
Yvette is interested in educational diversity, exploring the relationship between new equality regimes and continued educational inequalities: this interest combines her research and administrative responsibilities, extending to widening participation in the local community. In the Interventions project she hopes to create a wider public visibility in educational provisioning (i.e. ‘outreach’) to local communities, many of whom have a low ‘put-through’ to university.
Ben Singleton – Service design website
Stuart Munro – Architecture website
Stuart Munro’s professional work combines architecture, sculpture and photography. He also teaches architectural design postgraduates in the AVATAR unit at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Benedict Singleton works as an independent design and branding research consultant with major public- and private-sector clients; he is also currently writing up a PhD on critical approaches to service design at Northumbria University. The pair’s design work has been presented in the UK, US, Canada, Japan, Korea and throughout Europe, and published in a wide range of academic and non-academic venues. Ben’s recent work includes an ongoing collaboration with Jon Ardern, ARK-INC.