I am a Senior Lecturer in Sociology Department, Goldsmiths College, University of London. For the last 5 years I have been teaching critical sociological theory, feminist technoscience and creative and critical practice. I research invention, gender, mobilities and DiY/DiT technology cultures. I am particularly interested in how people imagine different futures through the use and misuse of mundane and ordinary materials, technologies and practices. I have been studying this since my PhD ethnography of backyard-technologists who hand-built their own version of the internet, through a decade of freelance ethnographic work with industry, in my teaching and most recently in my new book on Victorian women cycle wear inventors.
Making, experimenting and engaging are integral to my work. My interdisciplinary approach, methods and modes of transmission include websites, blogs, time-lapse videos, printed materials, photographs, performances, installations and, most recently, costume. At Goldsmiths, I co-direct the Methods Lab and the Digital World Making group that supports interdisciplinary collaborations and runs events across college that experiment with inventive ways of doing social research.
Prior to my role at Goldsmiths I held a postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2010-11) in the Sustainable Mobilities Research Group at the University of East London on the ethnographic ESRC-funded project Cycling cultures in a mass motorised society: a multi-method case study of four English urban areas. I have a PhD in Sociology from Goldsmiths College (2009) for an ethnographic study of the culture of wireless technology networks. My interest in practice-led multi-dimensional ethnographic research draws on a BA Communications at the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia (1993) and an MA in Visual Culture at the University of Westminster, London, UK (2003).
I regularly give talks and run public engagement activities such as hacking and sewing workshops, in a range of places such as London Science Museum ‘Lates’, Victoria and Albert Culture Salon, Feminism in London Annual Conference, London Bike Kitchen, Somerset House, London Cycle Campaign Transport Policy seminars, The New School (NYU), College of Art (Edinburgh), Institute of Textiles (UK), Institute of Design Projects (Warsaw), Digital Cultures Research Lab (Lüneburg).
Bikes & Bloomers: Victorian women inventors and their extraordinary cycle wear (Goldsmiths Press/MIT Press) was published in April 2018. See the project website for reviews and TV, press and print coverage. An edited collection from my ESRC grant called Transmissions: critical tactics for making and communicating research (MIT Press) has been reviewed and is getting final revisions done. We hope to submit it later this year. I also also working with Larissa Hjorth and Anne Harris on a new book called Ethnography and Creative Practice (Lexington Press).