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Dr Sarah Wilkes
1.13 Malet Place
University College London
Tel: Extn: 55405
  • Materials Library Manager
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
  • Research Fellow: Making Spaces
  • Dept of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
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Dr Sarah Wilkes is a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at the Institute of Making. She received her PhD in Material Culture from the Anthropology Department at UCL in 2014. She specialises in materials research that draws on multiple disciplines using ethnographic techniques, design research methods and materials analysis to explore how particular materials come to be seen as ‘sustainable’ and ‘healthy’, for example. 

Dr Wilkes was a postdoc on the EU Light Touch Matters project (FP7-NMP-2012-SME-6), in which the Institute of Making play a multi-faceted role: working to enhance interdisciplinary dialogue between materials researchers and designers, conducting research to explore users’ experiences of the new materials and technologies, and disseminating the outputs of the project. Dr Wilkes also managed the Institute of Making’s EPSRC-funded Bridging the Gaps project (EP/I00159X/1), encouraging and developing interdisciplinary projects across UCL using a number of different methods, including materials and making-focused research events. She has extensive experience of planning and running research workshops that take a hands-on approach to facilitating interdisciplinary dialogue, involving discussions stimulated by objects, materials, demonstrations and making processes alongside conventional academic presentations and discussions (for example, Making Repairs and Health, Safety & Creativity in 2014). 

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