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Rachel Clarke


Rachel is an interdisciplinary design researcher in the School of Design and Centre for International Development at Northumbria University. She focuses on the politics of participatory and co-design practice for cross-cultural development of digital technology to support gender equality. She is currently a Global Challenges Research Fellow collaborating with geographers, development practitioners and young people documenting their cultural heritage in response to occupation in Palestine and marginalised indigenous communities in Egypt. She completed a PhD at Culture Lab, Newcastle University on long-term interaction design with an international women’s centre in the UK. Working with volunteers she developed recommendations for future digital services with third-sector and cultural heritage organisations. As a post-doctoral researcher she managed cross-disciplinary teams designing for alternative grass-roots approaches for envisioning future ‘Smart Cities’, including the creation of critical kits for immigrant women’s textile heritage, women cyclists, participatory arts reflection, and community action on poverty and trust.




------- Rachel's publications:


Clarke, R. & Burkett, I. (2019 in press) Anticipating precarity and risk in social innovation design for entrenched place-based disadvantage. Journal of Design and Culture. Vol 1, 1-24.


Galani, A. & Clarke, R. (2019 in press) Configuring slow technology through social and embodied interaction: making time for reflection in Lewi, H & Vom Lehn, D. The Routledge Handbook to Digital Galleries Museums and Libraries, London: Routledge.

Clarke, R. (2019) Tinkering in Cities: Ageing and Careful Technology Design for Participation in Urban Infrastructures. In Vaughan, L. (Ed.) Designing Future Cultures of Care. London, New York: Bloomsbury Press. 85-100.



Heitlinger, S., Foth, M., Clarke, R., DiSalvo, C., Light, A., Forlano, L. 2018. Avoiding ecocidal smart cities: participatory design for more-than-human futures. In Proceedings of the 15th Participatory Design Conference: Short Papers, Situated Actions, Workshops and Tutorial – Volume 2 (PDC ’18), Liesbeth Huybrechts, Maurizio Teli, Ann Light, Yanki Lee, Carl Di Salvo, Erik Grönvall, Anne Marie Kanstrup, and Keld Bødker (Eds.), Vol. 2. ACM, New York, NY, USA, Article 51, 3 pages. DOI:



Chen, K., Clarke, R., Almeida, T., Wood, M & Kirk, . 2017. Situated Dissemination through an HCI Workplace. Proceedings of 35th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’17). New York: ACM Press, 2078-2090. DOI:

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