From emplaced knowing to interdisciplinary knowledge: Sensory ethnography in energy research

Kerstin Leder Mackley, Sarah Pink

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In this article, we discuss how experiential and unspoken ways of knowing produced through a videobased approach to sensory ethnography can be made meaningful and relevant to the applied practice of design and engineering scholars. We advance discussions of sensory ethnography by interrogating and making explicit the analytical processes that turn the sensory knowing of the ethnographic encounter into convincing accounts of everyday realities whilst engaging new sensitivities and ways of seeing that in themselves contribute to cross-disciplinary knowledge. We argue that through a more self-conscious appreciation of how and where experiential categories become applied knowledge the value of a sensory ethnography approach in design-centered energy research can be realized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-353
Number of pages19
JournalSenses and Society
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Analysis
  • Applied knowledge
  • Interdisciplinary energy research
  • Sensory ethnography

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