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Research interests

My practice-based doctoral research uses design to observe, engage and intervene in contemporary UK public breastfeeding discourses. This research focuses on gender, care, food, culture and motherhood and critically examines the role of design in relation to complex issues of sustainability.

My work explores counter-conventional approaches to research and practice across design and health disciplines. I am interested in how design can create meaningful dialogue using critical thinking and designed artefacts. 

My research interests are Radical methodologies, Design Anthropology; Research Through Design; Discursive design; Design for social change; Sustainable food and food systems; Intersectional feminist design agency; How design can positively impact health inequalities; The impact of design on everyday life, behaviours, norms, practices and belief systems. 

https://twitter.com/ahrcpress/status/1212358091917971456

Together with Ben Sweeting and Tom Ainsworth I am a co-creator of the Radical Methodologies Research and Enterprise Group.

https://research.brighton.ac.uk/en/organisations/radical-methodologies-ram-research-and-enterprise-group

http://blogs.brighton.ac.uk/radicalmethodologies/

 

Scholarly biography

My Design Star funded PhD has a supervision team that spans the School of Architecture and Design, the School of Health Sciences and Goldsmiths University, London. I am currently both a PhD student and a Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Design.

I have an MA in Sustainable Design, a BA in Three Dimensional Design and 15 years experience working in Lighting Design and Product development in the UK and Australia. As a socially active designer and design researcher, I am interrested in how knowledge and experience that comes with design practice can be brought into design and health research. 

Before joining the University of Brighton, my work included roles at Pinniger and Partners, Studio Fractal, The National Gallery Company,  KRD - Kitchen Rogers Design, and iLAB Sydney.

Approach to teaching

My approach to teaching comes from my understanding that learning is an active and social activity. I prefer to use workshops and experiments as sites for the negotiation of ideas, theory and the designed world. This is informed by my practice-based design research that takes bodies, play, making and 'thinking with' seriously. 

Education/Academic qualification

Master, University of Brighton

Award Date: 30 Sep 2018

Bachelor, Leeds Beckett University

Award Date: 1 Aug 2002

Keywords

  • B Philosophy (General)
  • Design Research
  • Design Research for Change
  • AHRC
  • design and motherhood
  • food design
  • sustainable design
  • Design and Feminisms
  • design and cultures
  • design and Health
  • cybernetics
  • methodology
  • social justice
  • maternal health
  • infant feeding
  • breastfeeding
  • motherhood

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Research Output

  • 3 Chapter
  • 1 Conference contribution with ISSN or ISBN
  • 1 Web publication/site

Can Design Care for people's frustrations and doubts?

Sutherland, S. & Gault, A., 2020, Does Design Care...?! Head-to-Head Debates. Rodgers, P., Bremner, C. & Innella, G. (eds.). Lancaster: Lancaster University, p. 21-33 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter

  • An Illustrated* A to Z for the Design of Care: H is for Hands, K is for Kin, N is for Noticing

    Sutherland, S., Innella, G., Rodgers, P. & Bremner, C., 2019, An Illustrated* A to Z for the Design of Care. Rodgers, P., Bremner, C. & Innella, G. (eds.). Lancaster: Lancaster University, p. 39, 40, 52, 59, 60 5 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter

  • Design Research for Change 2019

    Sutherland, S., Tham, M., Ainsworth, T. & Sherriff, N., 2019, Design Research for Change 2019. Rodgers, P. (ed.). Lancaster: Lancaster University, p. 4-5 2 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter

  • Eating Mothers - Milk Matters

    Sutherland, S., 2019, Expanding communities of sustainable practice symposium proceedings 2018. p. 82-88

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNConference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

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  • Activities

    Exploring post rationalities through design

    Sally Sutherland (Presenter) & Tom Ainsworth (Presenter)

    13 Sep 2020

    Activity: External talk or presentationOral presentation

    Wicked possibilities: Designing in and with systemic complexity. Webinar.

    Sally Sutherland (Organiser), Ben Sweeting (Organiser), Tom Ainsworth (Organiser), Thomas Fischer (Participant), Paul Pangaro (Participant), Dulmini Perera (Participant) & Mathilda Tham (Participant)

    15 Jul 2020

    Activity: EventsEvent

    Post rational approaches in design

    Sally Sutherland (Presenter) & Tom Ainsworth (Presenter)

    15 Jul 2020

    Activity: External talk or presentationOral presentation

    Design Research

    Alex Fitch (Participant), Sally Sutherland (Participant), Tom Ainsworth (Participant), Kadija George (Participant), Annebella Pollen (Participant) & Prof. Fran Lloyd (Participant)

    29 Jun 2020

    Activity: EventsOutreach and Public Engagement

    Cybernetics and Human Knowing (Journal)

    Sally Sutherland (Reviewer)

    2020 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review