Personlig profil


Research interests: collaborative design and sustainability in health care; reuse, recycling and remanufacturing of medical devices; healthcare waste management; sustainable redesign of care pathways.

As a researcher, Gunn has cross-disciplinary expertise in IT product design, design engineering, architecture and anthropology and significant experience of conducting multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research as an integral member of collaborative design teams involving both private and public sectors. She has developed research insights into how collaborative design processes work in engineering design as well as how anthropology can play an important role in design, whether in healthcare settings or architecture. She has an international research profile in Design Anthropology and has played a leading role in this field including contributing towards building a research agenda for the emerging field. She has  a demonstrated capacity to build research communities across different disciplines engaging a diversity of stakeholders from both the public and private sectors in the design, development and implementation of emerging and existing technologies. Research projects she has been involved have an emphasis on how technology design processes and anthropological practices can be brought together in a productive collaboration, for example in healthcare settings. She addresses key challenges in conducting interdisciplinary research with multidisciplinary design teams engaged with issues of sustainability in collaborative design processes and practices in engineering design. She has worked to define frameworks to move interdisciplinary research inquiry into collaborative design processes for example, the design of future indoor climate technologies and improving air quality in hospitals; to integrate anthropological methods and frameworks for analysis within collaborative design processes and to generate tools for engagement to communicate results of research inquiry and collaborative design in a diversity of forms to multiple stakeholders. Gunn is a contributor to the Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) plastics working group and the Low Carbon Clinical Trials Consortium directed by the UK Sustainable Healthcare Coalition (SHC). She is also a member of the GreenCare EU consortium focusing on augmenting the capacity of hospitals and healthcare to monitor, assess and improve their environmental performance and sustainability. Examples of MSc Sustainable Design Engineering thesis supervision: A Case Study on the Environmental and Economic Sustainability of Using Remanufactured Ultrasound Catheters.



Central to Gunn's research inquiry is a close connection between theory and design practices (engineering and architectural), research and teaching. As such, undergraduate, masters and doctoral students in design engineering have been involved in the interdisciplinary research projects she has been working on as part of their education, and have collaborated with her in joint publications, workshops, public engagement and dissemination activities. Involving a wider grouping of people within research processes; students alongside different levels of professorial expertise, she proposes should learn to relate to ongoing societal challenges and environmental change and build practical and strategic skills required to do so. As a direct result of this approach to learning, collaborations between universities, the public and private sectors will create sustainable growth, while at the same time raising awareness of the long- term benefits of such collaborations in the private and public sectors. Students and faculty have much to gain from such collaborations in terms of collaborative design and staging of design processes in the bachelor and master programmes of the engineering design education Sustainable Design. In particular providing bachelor and master students with a robust training to enable them to develop practical skills and valuable experience in order to formulate practices of future making, which are progressive, while promoting socially and environmentally sustainable practices which are consistent with the principles of active citizenship and sustainability.

PhD Thesis supervision and evaluation
In 2023 (ongoing), she is the first opponent for, Hans. E. Comtet's PhD thesis Drones in Healthcare Systems: Insights from a Multi-Level Perspective, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).  In 2022, she examined Grant.A.Fore´s PhD Ethical Becoming, Ethical Fetisism, and Capatalist Modernity: An Ethnography of Design Education, University of Cape Town. In 2018, she examined Glen Wyatt’s PHD An Aesthetic Matters of Concern: The Traffic World of Ho Chi Minh City, RMIT University. In 2015, she was the chair of the PhD evaluation committee for Ditte Nissen Storgaard’s thesis: Treatability: Social Material Configurations of Hearing Loss and Diabetes, University of Southern Denmark. She supervised an industrial PhD thesis, Louise Buch Løgstrup, Reconcepualising Understandings of Agency: Within the Demand Side Management in a Future Electricity SMART Grid Infrastructure, Design School Kolding and Dong Energy (2012-2014). She successfully defended her thesis in 2014. In addition, she co-supervised with Prof Jacob Buur one PhD. Kyle Kilbourn successfully defended his PhD in December 2008 with his thesis entitled: The Patient as Skilled Practitioner, University of Southern Denmark. She has also co-supervised with Lotte Darsø, Jamie Wallace’s industrial Ph.D. thesis, Different Matters of Invention: Design Work as the Dissimilar Design Artefacts, The Danish School of Education, Aarhus University (2010). Wallace successfully defended his thesis in 2010. In addition, she was advisor to Ray Lucas in his doctoral research, Towards a Theory of Notation and Drawing as Thinking Tools. Department of Anthropology, University of Aberdeen (2002-2005).



Administrativ profil

ORGANISATION OF SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS: 2021 Co-Organizer: Designing for Sustainable Healthcare Futures Symposium, Aalborg University and Monash University, 24th of November. 2012 Co-Chair. Design Anthropology panel, Participatory Innovation Conference, Swinburne Univ. of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, 12th-14th of January; 2010 Co-organizer panel with T. Otto & R. C. Smith. Design Anthropology: Intertwining Different Timelines, Scales and Movements. 11th Biennial EASA European Association of Social Anthropologists Conference. Maynooth, Ireland, 25th August.


STEERING COMMITTEES: 2011-2012 Member of steering group for accreditation of IT Product Design, Mads Clausen Institute, University of Southern Denmark; 2005-2008; Member of steering committee for Danish Design and Innovation Research School. Partners: Institute for Mechanics, Energy and Construction, DTU, Institute for Production and Leadership, DTU, Mads Clausen Institute, SDU, Centre for Industrial Production and Leadership, AAU, Institute for Architecture and Design AAU, Institute for Society, Development and Planning, AAU.


RECENT & CURRENT ACADEMIC RESPONSIBILITIES:  External Assessor Academic Promotions, Reader, University of St. Andrews, 2021; External Reviewer Critical Conservation MDes Programme, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, 2019; Evaluator for Smart Loire Valley Programme Fellowship, Le Studium, Loire Valley. Institute for Advanced Studies, France, 2019; Evaluator for Research Incentive Grant, Carnegie Trust for Universities of Scotland, 2019; Assessor for Faculty Appointment as Artistic Professor in Healthcare Architecture, Department of Architecture, Chalmers University of Technology, 2019; Member of PhD Examination Committee, School of Design, Queensland University of Technology, 2018; Member of Evaluation Committee, Associate Prof. in Materiality & Design Anthropology, Dept. of Education, Univ. of Aarhus, 2015; Member of Evaluation Committee, Associate Prof. in Arch. Visualization, NTNU, 2015; Chair of PhD Examination Committee, Dept. of Design & Communication, Univ. of Southern Denmark, 2015; Member of Examination committee, Doctor of Education, Faculty of Education, Univ. of Glasgow, 2014; Member of Evaluation Committee, Associate Prof. in Anthropology, Dept. of Anthropology & Philosophy, Univ. of St Andrews, 2014; Member of Evaluation Committee, Hertha Firnberg-Programme, Austrian Science Council, 2014; Evaluator Post-doctoral Research Position, Veni Grant, 2013; Evaluator Post-doctoral Research Position, Rannis Icelandic Research Fund, 2012; Member of Evaluation Committee Large Grants Scheme, Carnegie Scottish Univ. Trust, 2012; Member of Evaluation Committee, Adjunct Prof. in Anthropology, Institute for Culture & Society, Univ. of Aarhus, 2012; Member of Evaluation Committee, Associate Prof. of Digital Media, Univ. of Aalborg, 2012; Evaluator Small Grants Scheme, British Academy for the Humanities & Social sciences, 2010; PhD opponent, Dept. of Architectural Design, Form & Colour Studies, NTNU, 2010; Member of Steering Committee for Danish Design & Innovation Doctoral Training Research School, 2005-2008; Chair of Evaluation Committee Post-doc Research Position in Design Anthropology, SPIRE, MCI, USD, 2008; Evaluator First Grants Scheme Application, UK Economic & Social Research Council, 2008; Evaluator Advanced Technology Projects Application, The Danish Advanced Technology Foundation, 2008; Member of Evaluation Committee, Associate Prof. in User Orientated Design & Technology Analysis, Danish Technical University, 2006.

Ekspertise relateret til FN’s Verdensmål

I 2015 blev FN's medlemslande enige om 17 Verdensmål til at bekæmpe fattigdom, beskytte planeten og sikre velstand for alle. Denne persons arbejde bidrager til følgende verdensmål:

  • Verdensmål 3 - Sundhed og trivsel
  • Verdensmål 9 - Industri, innovation og infrastruktur
  • Verdensmål 11 - Bæredygtige byer og lokalsamfund
  • Verdensmål 12 - Ansvarligt forbrug og produktion
  • Verdensmål 17 - Partnerskaber for handling

Uddannelse (Akademiske kvalifikationer)

Social Anthropology, PhD, The social and environmental impact of incorporating computer aided design technology into an architectural design process. , University of Manchester

Dimissionsdato: 19 mar. 2003

Social Anthropology, MA (ECON) with Distinction, Walking, Movement and Perception, University of Manchester

Dimissionsdato: 26 nov. 1996

Eksterne ansættelser

Jiangsu University Jinshan Distinguished Professor, Jiangsu University

1 sep. 201931 aug. 2020

Honorary Professor (Research) in Design, Emerging Technologies Research Lab, Monash University

1 apr. 2019 → …

Distinguished Adjunct of Research, School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University

1 feb. 201931 maj 2019

Senior Research Fellow, Dept. of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, KU Leuven

1 mar. 201728 feb. 2018

Adjunct Professor Digital Ethnography Research Center (DERC), College of Design and Social Context, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University

1 jan. 201631 dec. 2018

Associate Professor of Design Anthropology , University of Southern Denmark

1 maj 201331 jan. 2017

Associate Professor of Design Anthropology, Sønderborg Participatory Innovation Research Centre (SPIRE), Mads Clausen Institute, Univ. of Southern Denmark

1 maj 200830 apr. 2013

Associate Professor of Design Anthropology, User Centred Design Group, Mads Clausen Institute, Univ. of Southern Denmark

1 maj 200530 apr. 2008

Postdoctoral Research Fellow , University of Dundee

1 sep. 200230 apr. 2005

Architectural Design Studio Unit Leader, (1st, 2nd and BArch students), Dept. of Architecture

1 sep. 199030 jun. 1994


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