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Cally Gatehouse


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

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

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


Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • 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
  • Inarticulate devices: Critical encounters with network technology in research through design, Gatehouse, C., Chatting, D. 3 Jul 2020, DIS '20: 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
  • Feral Screens: Queering urban networked publics, Gatehouse, C. 2016, Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2016)
  • Free as in wifi, public as in network: A practice based investigation of networked public space, Gatehouse, C. 21 Mar 2015, 2nd Biennial Research Through Design Conference


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

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