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Cally Gatehouse

Assistant Professor

Department: Northumbria School of Design

I am a designer and researcher with an interest in distinctive kinds of knowledge design can produce and how that can help designers, researchers and citizens to navigate and understand a world shaped by network technology.

With a background in graphic and communication design, my work draws on a range of post-solutionist design practices and feminist STS to consider how design research practices can find ways to forging commitments to complex problems which resist easy resolution. My PhD thesis entitled ‘The Speculative Gaze: Design-Research as Diffraction’ recounted stories of dysfunctional wifi networks, haunted transcripts, camp machines, idiotic encounters, drunken screens, absent police officers, radio reporters, evangelists, and wearable data analysis to paint a picture of design-research as a practice that can translate speculative events into shared spaces of wonder and concern.

I am a HEA Fellow and teach on the BA (hons) Graphic Design and MA Communication Design programmes with a focus on research driven learning that support students in understanding design in context.


Cally Gatehouse

My research is centred on understanding the distinctive forms of knowledge that design can produce through encounters with publics and network technology. I have published this work at leading design and HCI conferences like CHI, DIS, RtD and PDC but I have shared my work through exhibitions and other forms of bespoke public engagement.

My research interests include:

  • Diffractive methodologies in Research through Design
  • Post-solutionist design paradigms
  • Feminist and Queer theory
  • Communication Design for Participatory Media


  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Feminist Care in the Anthropocene: Packing and Unpacking Tensions in Posthumanist HCI, Key, C., Gatehouse, C., Taylor, N. 13 Jun 2022, DIS 2022 - Proceedings of the 2022 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference, New York, US, ACM
  • Methodologically materialising hate: Incorporating participatory design methods within qualitative research on crime and victimisation, Gatehouse, C., Pickles, J. 1 Sep 2021, In: Methodological Innovations
  • A cloud, a gathering, an echo: Performing network technology, Gatehouse, C. 6 Jul 2020, DIS 2020 Companion - Companion Publication of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference, Association for Computing Machinery, Inc
  • A hauntology of participatory speculation, Gatehouse, C. 15 Jun 2020, PDC '20: Proceedings of the 16th Participatory Design Conference 2020 - Participation(s) Otherwise - Vol 1, New York, ACM
  • Coronavirus and the carnivalesque: What speculative methods can tell us about Covid-19, Gatehouse, C. 9 Jul 2020
  • Inarticulate devices: Critical encounters with network technologies in research through design, Gatehouse, C., Chatting, D. 3 Jul 2020, DIS 2020 - Proceedings of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference, New York, ACM
  • CODA, Gatehouse, C., Pickles, J., Wood, M. Aug 2019, In: Crime, Media, Culture
  • Troubling Vulnerability: Designing with LGBT Young People's Ambivalence Towards Hate Crime Reporting, Gatehouse, C., Wood, M., Briggs, J., Pickles, J., Lawson, S. 21 Apr 2018, CHI '18 Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM
  • Critical Design as Networked Counter Public, Gatehouse, C. 2016, Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2016)
  • Design fiction: How to build a Voight-Kampff machine - Commentary, Gatehouse, C. 7 May 2016, 34th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2016

Cayla Key Critical Care: Care as a Framework to Reimagine a More Responsible Home IoT Otherwise Start Date: 19/03/2023

  • Design Studies PhD June 01 2020
  • Communication Studies MA January 01 2012

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