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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 sustainable development.

I am interested in how design can create meaningful dialogue using critical thinking and designed artefacts. My research interests are design anthropology, 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.

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.

Education/Academic qualification

Master, University of Brighton

Bachelor, Leeds Beckett University

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Research Output 2019 2019

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

Sutherland, S., 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 ISBNChapterResearchpeer-review

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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 ISBNChapterResearch


Activities 2018 2019

  • 3 Workshop
  • 1 Exhibition, performance

Design Research for Change Showcase

Sally Sutherland (Participant), Tom Ainsworth (Participant), Nigel Sherriff (Participant), Mathilda Tham (Participant)
19 Sep 201922 Sep 2019

Activity: EventsExhibition, performance

Does Design Care…? [2] Workshop

Sally Sutherland (Participant)

Activity: EventsWorkshop

Expanding Communities of Sustainable Practice

Sally Sutherland (Participant)
19 Nov 2018

Activity: EventsWorkshop