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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. 

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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

Bachelor, Leeds Beckett University

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

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Research Output

  • 3 Chapter
  • 1 Conference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

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., 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

    • 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)
    2019

    Activity: EventsWorkshop

    Expanding Communities of Sustainable Practice

    Sally Sutherland (Participant)
    19 Nov 2018

    Activity: EventsWorkshop