Professor David Gauntlett

Professor of Creativity and Design

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David Gauntlett is Co-Director of Research in Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design. He writes and teaches about the ways in which digital media gives people new opportunities to create and connect, and the social implications of this 'everyday creativity'.

He has also led the development of new approaches to the study of media ('Media Studies 2.0') and pioneered the use of creative research methods in social research.

He is the author of several books, including Creative Explorations (2007), Media Studies 2.0, and Other Battles around the Future of Media Research (2011), and Making is Connecting: The social meaning of creativity, from DIY and knitting to YouTube and Web 2.0 (2011), which has been widely discussed internationally and has been translated into Italian and Korean.

He has made several popular websites and YouTube videos, and has worked with a number of the world's leading creative organisations, including the BBC, the British Library, and Tate. For almost a decade he has worked with LEGO on innovation in creativity, play and learning.

He was previously a Lecturer at the University of Leeds (1996-2002) and a Professor at Bournemouth University (2002-2006).

Main website with blog, videos and more

Youtube channel

David Gauntlett teaches about digital media, creativity, and social theory, on a number of modules.

He is module leader for Creativity, a popular undergraduate option module which considers creativity in a broad sense - how it can be defined and understood, as well as how it can be developed in oneself, nurtured in others, and 'managed' within organisations.

He also teaches on first year undergraduate modules including Media and Society, and Critical Orientations, where he seeks to stimulate critical thought about the relationships between students and the media that they enjoy and the media that they make.

He teaches on Theories of Communication, an MA module which considers key theorists from media and communication studies and looks at how their work is relevant today.

Professor Gauntlett also supervises a number of PhD students (see 'Research').

David Gauntlett is the author of several books, including Moving Experiences (1995, 2005), Web Studies (2000, 2004), Media, Gender and Identity (2002, 2008), and Creative Explorations (2007), which was shortlisted for the Times Higher Young Academic Author of the Year Award.

This was followed by Making is Connecting: The social meaning of creativity, from DIY and knitting to YouTube and Web 2.0 (2011), which has been widely read internationally and has been translated into Italian and Korean; and Media Studies 2.0, and Other Battles around the Future of Media Research (2011).

He has been Principal Investigator on the following funded research projects:

  • Community-powered transformations: Digital transformations in the creative relationships between cultural and media organisations and their users, awarded £29,836 from the AHRC Research Development Grants Scheme (Ref: AH/J01303X/1), 14 February 2012 to 30 September 2012.
  • Digital Engagements: Online Exclusion and Social Capital, awarded £340,823 from the AHRC Research Grants Scheme (Ref: AH/H038736/1), 1 September 2010 to 31 August 2013.
  • Young people's creative understanding of their mediaworlds, awarded £188,365 from the AHRC Research Grants Scheme (Ref: AH/F009682/1), 1 September 2008 to 30 September 2010.
  • Building Collaboration and Engagement for Media Professionals and Academic Researchers, awarded £47,524 from the EPSRC Research Grants Scheme (Ref: EP/H032568/1), 1.1. 2010-30.9.2010.
  • Audience and producer engagement with immersive worlds, awarded £74,243 from the AHRC & BBC Pilot Knowledge Exchange Programme Scheme (Ref: AH/F006756/1), 1.7.2007-30.6.2008. - Extended in 2009 with £17,034 of 'Knowledge Infusion Funding' (second phase 1.1.2009-30.4. 2009).

Innovation and impact

David Gauntlett has worked with a number of organisations on creative uses of digital media, and innovative strategy in relation to everyday creativity.

Key examples include:

  • Collaboration with the LEGO Group: Working with the LEGO Learning Institute, LEGO Education, and the LEGO Foundation, Gauntlett has worked on products (LEGO Serious Play: adult, education, and open source versions) and reports (on futures of play, creativity, and learning) which have made observable impact in the company, 2004-13.
  • Collaboration with S4C: Gauntlett's proposals of new aims, and ideas about the role that everyday people in Wales could play in building the diversity of Welsh-language media, became part of their digital strategy in 2011, and were central to their revised corporate values published in 2012.
  • Collaboration with BBC: The AHRC/BBC study of an virtual world for children (2007-09) led by Gauntlett proposed a set of play orientations, and critical remarks about the development process, which led to a change in commissioning in BBC Children's.
  • Gauntlett has pioneered creative research methods, in which participants make things - such as video, collage, drawing, or 3D models - as part of the process. These methods are now taught in methods courses and books, and have been the subject of an (external) ESRC project on innovation in research.

Further information can be found at www.davidgauntlett.com.

PhD supervision

David supervises a number of PhD students on projects about digital media and creativity. Former students who have gained their PhDs under his supervision include Ross Horsley, Chris Pullen, James Pope, Richard Berger, Fatimah Awan, Huong Dang, Aliaa Dawoud, Mahalakshmi Mahadevan, John Hondros, Tim Riley and Didem Ozkul.

2015

The internet is ancient, small steps are important, and four other theses about making things in a digital world (2015)
Gauntlett, D. 2015. The internet is ancient, small steps are important, and four other theses about making things in a digital world. in: Zagalo, N. and Branco, P. (ed.) Creativity in the Digital Age London Springer. pp. 17-33

2014

Making things is even more vital than you think (2014)
Gauntlett, D. 2014. Making things is even more vital than you think. in: Baichtal, J. (ed.) Maker Pro: essays on making a living by making Maker Media.
The LEGO System as a tool for thinking, creativity, and changing the world (2014)
Gauntlett, D. 2014. The LEGO System as a tool for thinking, creativity, and changing the world. in: Wolf, M.J.P. (ed.) LEGO studies: examining the building blocks of a transmedial phenomenon New York Routledge. pp. 189-205
Enabling and constraining creativity and collaboration: some reflections after Adventure Rock (2014)
Gauntlett, D. 2014. Enabling and constraining creativity and collaboration: some reflections after Adventure Rock. in: Thornham, H. and Popple, S. (ed.) Content cultures: transformations of user generated content in public service broadcasting London I.B. Taurus. pp. 161-180

2013

Locative media in the city: drawing maps and telling stories (2013)
Özkul, D. and Gauntlett, D. 2013. Locative media in the city: drawing maps and telling stories. in: Farman, J. (ed.) The mobile story: narrative practices with locative technologies New York Routledge.
Foreword (2013)
Gauntlett, D. 2013. Foreword. in: Lindgren, S. (ed.) New noise: a cultural sociology of digital disruption New York Peter Lang. pp. ix-xiii
Creativity and digital innovation (2013)
Gauntlett, D. 2013. Creativity and digital innovation. in: Youngs, G. (ed.) Digital world: connectivity, creativity and rights Abingdon Routledge.

2011

Action-based visual and creative methods in social research (2011)
Gauntlett, D. and Awan, F. 2011. Action-based visual and creative methods in social research. in: Heywood, I. and Sandywell, B. (ed.) The handbook of visual culture Oxford Berg.
Creative and visual methods in audience research (2011)
Awan, F. and Gauntlett, D. 2011. Creative and visual methods in audience research. in: Nightingale, V. (ed.) The handbook of media audiences Oxford Wiley. pp. 360-379

2010

Social creativity is the heart of a strong and happy society (2010)
Gauntlett, D. 2010. Social creativity is the heart of a strong and happy society. in: Britton, T. (ed.) Hand made: portraits of emergent new community culture London Blurb.

2009

Wikipedia (2009)
Gauntlett, D. 2009. Wikipedia. in: Creeber, G. and Martin, R. (ed.) Digital culture: understanding new media Maidenhead, Berkshire Open University Press.
Media studies 2.0 (2009)
Gauntlett, D. 2009. Media studies 2.0. in: Creeber, G. and Martin, R. (ed.) Digital culture: understanding new media Maidenhead, Berkshire Open University Press.

2008

Creative brainwork: building metaphors of identity for social science research (2008)
Gauntlett, D. 2008. Creative brainwork: building metaphors of identity for social science research. in: Lundby, K. (ed.) Digital storytelling, mediatized stories: self-representations in new media New York Peter Lang.

2006

Ten things wrong with media effects studies (2006)
Gauntlett, D. 2006. Ten things wrong with media effects studies. in: Weaver, C.K. and Carter, C. (ed.) Critical readings: violence and the media Maidenhead, UK Open University Press. pp. 54-66
Neue forschungsmethoden in der publikumsforschung (2006)
Gauntlett, D. 2006. Neue forschungsmethoden in der publikumsforschung. in: Mikos, L., Hoffmann, D. and Winter, R. (ed.) Mediennutzung, Identität unsd Identifikationen Weinheim, Germany Juventa verlag.

2005

New creative visual research in action (2005)
Gauntlett, D. 2005. New creative visual research in action. in: Gauntlett, D. (ed.) Moving experiences: media effects and beyond. 2nd edition Eastleigh, UK John Libbey Publishing.
Beyond "effects": new visual methods in media audience research (2005)
Gauntlett, D. 2005. Beyond "effects": new visual methods in media audience research. in: Gauntlett, D. (ed.) Moving experiences: media effects and beyond. 2nd edition Eastleigh, UK John Libbey Publishing.

2004

The trouble with media studies (2004)
Gauntlett, D. 2004. The trouble with media studies. in: Rayner, P., Wall, P. and Kruger, S. (ed.) Media studies: the essential resource London Routledge.
Web studies: what's new (2004)
Gauntlett, D. 2004. Web studies: what's new. in: Gauntlett, D. and Horsley, R. (ed.) Web studies. 2nd edition London, UK Arnold. pp. 3-23
Ten things wrong with the “effects model” (2004)
Gauntlett, D. 2004. Ten things wrong with the “effects model”. in: Rayner, P., Wall, P. and Kruger, S. (ed.) Media studies: the essential resource London Routledge.
Madonna's daughters: girl power and the empowered girl-pop breakthrough (2004)
Gauntlett, D. 2004. Madonna's daughters: girl power and the empowered girl-pop breakthrough. in: Fouz-Hernandez, S. and Jarman-Ivens, F. (ed.) Madonna's drowned worlds: new approaches to her cultural transformations, 1983-2003 Aldershot, UK Ashgate. pp. 161-175

2002

Preface (2002)
Gauntlett, D. 2002. Preface. in: Gottlieb, N. and McLelland, M. (ed.) Japanese cybercultures London & New York Routledge. pp. xii-xv

2000

Glossary (2000)
Gauntlett, D. and Silver, D. 2000. Glossary. in: Gauntlett, D. (ed.) Web.studies: rewiring media studies for the digital age London & New York Arnold and Oxford University Press.
The web goes to the pictures (2000)
Gauntlett, D. 2000. The web goes to the pictures. in: Gauntlett, D. (ed.) Web.studies: rewiring media studies for the digital age London & New York Arnold and Oxford University Press.
The future: faster, smaller, more, more, more (2000)
Gauntlett, D. 2000. The future: faster, smaller, more, more, more. in: Gauntlett, D. (ed.) Web.studies: rewiring media studies for the digital age London & New York Arnold and Oxford University Press.
Web studies: a user’s guide (2000)
Gauntlett, D. 2000. Web studies: a user’s guide. in: Gauntlett, D. (ed.) Web.studies: rewiring media studies for the digital age London & New York Arnold and Oxford University Press.
The worrying influence of "media effects" studies (2000)
Gauntlett, D. 2000. The worrying influence of "media effects" studies. in: Barker, M. and Petley, J. (ed.) Ill effects: the media/violence debate. 2nd edition London, UK Routledge. pp. 47-62

1999

Losing sight of the ball? Children, media and the global environment in a video research project (1999)
Gauntlett, D. 1999. Losing sight of the ball? Children, media and the global environment in a video research project. in: Ralph, S., Langham Brown, J. and Lees, T. (ed.) Youth and the global media: papers from the 29th University of Manchester broadcasting symposium Luton University of Luton Press.

1998

Ten things wrong with the “effects” model (1998)
Gauntlett, D. 1998. Ten things wrong with the “effects” model. in: Dickinson, R., Harindranath, R. and Linne, O. (ed.) Approaches to audiences: a reader London Arnold. pp. 120-130
Moral panic and media effects (1998)
Gauntlett, D. 1998. Moral panic and media effects. in: Jones, D. (ed.) Censorship: an international encyclopedia London Fitzroy Dearborn.

1997

Introduction: Why no clear answers on media effects? (1997)
Gauntlett, D. 1997. Introduction: Why no clear answers on media effects? in: Charlton, T. and David, K. (ed.) Elusive links: television, video games, cinema and children’s behaviour London Park Published Papers.

2015

Making media studies: the creativity turn in media and communications studies (2015)
Gauntlett, D. 2015. Making media studies: the creativity turn in media and communications studies. Peter Lang.

2011

Media studies 2.0, and other battles around the future of media research (2011)
Gauntlett, D. 2011. Media studies 2.0, and other battles around the future of media research. Kindle.
Making is connecting: the social meaning of creativity from DIY and knitting to YouTube and Web 2.0 (2011)
Gauntlett, D. 2011. Making is connecting: the social meaning of creativity from DIY and knitting to YouTube and Web 2.0. Cambridge Polity Press.

2008

Media, gender and identity: an introduction. 2nd edition (2008)
Gauntlett, D. 2008. Media, gender and identity: an introduction. 2nd edition. London, UK Routledge.

2007

Creative explorations: new approaches to identities and audiences (2007)
Gauntlett, D. 2007. Creative explorations: new approaches to identities and audiences. London, UK Routledge.

2005

Moving experiences: media effects and beyond. 2nd edition (2005)
Gauntlett, D. 2005. Moving experiences: media effects and beyond. 2nd edition. Eastleigh, UK John Libbey Publishing.

2004

Web studies. 2nd edition (2004)
Gauntlett, D. and Horsley, R. (ed.) 2004. Web studies. 2nd edition. London, UK Arnold.

2002

Moving experiences: media effects and beyond. 2nd edition (2002)
Gauntlett, D. 2002. Moving experiences: media effects and beyond. 2nd edition. Eastleigh, UK John Libbey.
Media, gender and identity: an introduction (2002)
Gauntlett, D. 2002. Media, gender and identity: an introduction. London, UK Routledge.

2000

Web.studies: rewiring media studies for the digital age (2000)
Gauntlett, D. 2000. Web.studies: rewiring media studies for the digital age. London & New York Arnold and Oxford University Press.

1999

TV living: television, culture and everyday life (1999)
Gauntlett, D. and Hill, A. 1999. TV living: television, culture and everyday life. Routledge.

1997

Video critical: children, the environment and media power (1997)
Gauntlett, D. 1997. Video critical: children, the environment and media power. John Libbey Media.

1995

Moving experiences: understanding television's influences and effects (1995)
Gauntlett, D. 1995. Moving experiences: understanding television's influences and effects. John Libbey Media.

2014

Participations: Dialogues on the participatory promise of contemporary culture and politics — part 1: Creativity (2014)
Banet-Weiser, S., Baym, N.K., Coppa, F., Gauntlett, D., Gray, J., Jenkins, H. and Shaw, A. 2014. Participations: Dialogues on the participatory promise of contemporary culture and politics — part 1: Creativity. International Journal of Communication. 8 1069-1088 1932-8036

2013

Young people’s uses and understandings of online social networks in their everyday lives (2013)
Awan, F. and Gauntlett, D. 2013. Young people’s uses and understandings of online social networks in their everyday lives. Young. 21 (2) 111-132 1103-3088
Remote living: exploring online (and offline) experiences of young people living in rural areas (2013)
Awan, F. and Gauntlett, D. 2013. Remote living: exploring online (and offline) experiences of young people living in rural areas. European Journal of Cultural Studies. 16 (1) 3-23 1367-5494

2012

Towards “publish, then filter” for academic research (2012)
Gauntlett, D. 2012. Towards “publish, then filter” for academic research. LSE Impact of the Social Sciences blog.
A tale of two books: an experiment in cutting out the middlepeople with Kindle self-publishing (2012)
Gauntlett, D. 2012. A tale of two books: an experiment in cutting out the middlepeople with Kindle self-publishing. LSE Impact of the Social Sciences blog.
Digital transformations means open access… and a whole new way of doing things (2012)
Gauntlett, D. 2012. Digital transformations means open access… and a whole new way of doing things. Digital Transformations.
Building platforms for creativity: eight principles (2012)
Gauntlett, D. 2012. Building platforms for creativity: eight principles. Digital Transformations.
Social media optimism vs pessimism (2012)
Gauntlett, D. 2012. Social media optimism vs pessimism. Digital Transformations.

2011

Six principles for media education (2011)
Gauntlett, D. 2011. Six principles for media education. A Manifesto for Media Education.
Good and bad times for making and thinking (2011)
Gauntlett, D. 2011. Good and bad times for making and thinking. Networks. 1756-9648

2009

Media studies 2.0: a response (2009)
Gauntlett, D. 2009. Media studies 2.0: a response. Interactions: studies in communication & culture. 1 (1) 1757-2681

2006

Creative and visual methods for exploring identities (2006)
Gauntlett, D. and Holzwarth, P. 2006. Creative and visual methods for exploring identities. Visual Studies. 21 (1) 82-91 1472-586X

2005

Using creative visual research methods to understand media audiences (2005)
Gauntlett, D. 2005. Using creative visual research methods to understand media audiences. MedienPadagogik. 4 (1) 1424-3636

2003

Book review: Sexualities and popular culture (2003)
Gauntlett, D. 2003. Book review: Sexualities and popular culture. Archives of Sexual Behavior. 32 (2) 184-185 0004-0002

1999

Digital sexualities: a guide to internet resources (1999)
Gauntlett, D. 1999. Digital sexualities: a guide to internet resources. Sexualities. 2 (3) 327-332 1363-4607
Don’s diary (1999)
Gauntlett, D. 1999. Don’s diary. The Times Higher Education Supplement.

1997

Another crisis for media studies (1997)
Gauntlett, D. 1997. Another crisis for media studies. In The Picture: media education magazine. 31

1995

Screening the evidence (1995)
Gauntlett, D. 1995. Screening the evidence. Times Educational Supplement. 0040-7887
‘Full of very different people all mixed up together’: understanding community and environment through the classroom video project (1995)
Gauntlett, D. 1995. ‘Full of very different people all mixed up together’: understanding community and environment through the classroom video project. Primary Teaching Studies. 9 (1) 8-13 0268-2176

1994

Calling all couch potatoes (1994)
Gauntlett, D. 1994. Calling all couch potatoes. Times higher education. 0049-3929

2013

Cultures of creativity (2013)
Gauntlett, D. and Thomsen, B.S. 2013. Cultures of creativity. Billund LEGO Foundation.

2012

The future of learning (2012)
Gauntlett, D., Ackermann, E., Whitebread, D., Wolbers, T., Weckstrom, C. and Thomsen, B.S. 2012. The future of learning. Billund LEGO Foundation.

2011

The future of play (2011)
Gauntlett, D., Ackermann, E., Whitebread, D., Wolbers, T. and Weckstrom, C. 2011. The future of play. Billund LEGO Foundation.

2010

Defining systematic creativity in the digital realm (2010)
Gauntlett, D., Ackermann, E., Weckstrom, C. and Wolbers, T. 2010. Defining systematic creativity in the digital realm. Billund LEGO Foundation.

2009

Virtual worlds: an overview and study of BBC Children’s Adventure Rock (2009)
Jackson, L., Gauntlett, D. and Steemers, J. 2009. Virtual worlds: an overview and study of BBC Children’s Adventure Rock. London BBC & University of Westminster.
Children in virtual worlds: Adventure Rock users and producers study (2009)
Jackson, L., Gauntlett, D. and Steemers, J. 2009. Children in virtual worlds: Adventure Rock users and producers study. London BBC & University of Westminster.
Defining systematic creativity (2009)
Gauntlett, D., Ackermann, E. and Weckstrom, C. 2009. Defining systematic creativity. Billund LEGO Foundation.

1995

Broadcast concerns: a report on Broadcasting Standards Council complainants, based on a study of complaints received over an 18 month period (1995)
Gauntlett, D. 1995. Broadcast concerns: a report on Broadcasting Standards Council complainants, based on a study of complaints received over an 18 month period. London Broadcasting Standards Council.

2007

Representing identity: findings from a study using visual metaphors (2007)
Gauntlett, D. 2007. Representing identity: findings from a study using visual metaphors. 57th Annual ICA Conference: Creating Communication: Content, Control, & Critique. San Francisco, CA 24 - 28 May 2007
Media Studies 2.0: the collapse and rebirth of Media Studies? (2007)
Gauntlett, D. 2007. Media Studies 2.0: the collapse and rebirth of Media Studies? BFI Media Studies Conference. BFI Southbank, London 04 - 06 Jul 2007
Building metaphors, building identities (2007)
Gauntlett, D. 2007. Building metaphors, building identities. Transforming Audiences: Identity | Creativity | Everyday Life. University of Westminster, Harrow, UK 06 - 07 Sep 2007

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