Participant observation, anthropology methodology and design anthropology research inquiry

Wendy Gunn, Louise B. Løgstrup

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Within the design studio, and across multiple field sites, the authors compare involvement of research tools and materials during collaborative processes of designing. Their aim is to trace temporal dimensions (shifts/ movements) of where and when learning takes place along different sites of practice. They do so by combining participant observation, anthropology methodology and design anthropology research inquiry, engaging with practice based explorations to understand if methods and methodologies, understood as being central to anthropological inquiry, can be taught to interaction design engineering students studying in an engineering faculty and engineers working in an energy company. They ask: how do you generate anthropological capacities with interaction design engineering students engaged in engineering design processes and employees of an energy company setting out to reframe their relation with the private end user? What kind of opportunities can engaging with collaborative processes of designing offer for both designing and anthropological research inquiry simultaneously?

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)428-442
Number of pages15
JournalArts and Humanities in Higher Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Anthropology methodology
  • design anthropology research inquiry
  • participant observation
  • practice based exploration

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