Sónia Matos, PhD

Sónia Matos, PhD
Research Fellow
visual communication, interaction design, ethnographic research

Sónia Matos is a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh (School of Design) and currently a Research Fellow at M-ITI. 

With a background in product design (FBAUL, Lisbon) and experience design (Design Academy Eindhoven), Sónia completed her PhD at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London. With a practical component in media design, her doctoral project explored design’s vital role in the safeguard of endangered forms of language. Building on the intersections of ethnographic research and design, at M-ITI Sónia will be engaging with local communities to generate interactive platforms that promote environmental safeguard within the region.

Amongst other institutions, she has presented her work at the 21st Century research-based programme, Chisenhale Gallery (London, U.K.) and at the Verbindingen/ Jonctions 13 an annual multidisciplinary festival organised by Constance - Association for Art & Media (Brussels, Belgium). Part of her dissertation has been published in the peer-reviewed proceedings of the 8th Conference of the International Committee for Design Histories & Design Studies and more recently in the upcoming publication Memory in Motion: Archives, Technology and the Socialpublished by Amsterdam University Press. 



Matos, S. (2016) ‘Can Languages be Saved? Linguistic Heritage and the Moving Archive’. In: I. Bloom, E. Røssaak and T. Lundemo (eds.) Memory in Motion: Archives, Technology and the Social. Amsterdam University Press.

Gieben-Gamal, E. and Matos, S. (2015) Designing Alternatives Case Study’. In: E. Resnick (ed.), Developing Citizen Designers. London: Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN: 9780857857248

Gieben-Gamal, E. and Matos, S. (2013) Thinkplay: Using Grassroots Movements as Educational Opportunities, Proceedings of the CUMULUS Conference 2013, Dublin, 7 - 9 November, pp. 12-15. ISBN 978-952-60-0065-7

Matos, S. (2013) Designing Food Cultures: Propagating the consumption of seaweed in the Azores Islands through recipes. In: Iridescent, Icograda Journal of Design Research, 3 (2), pp. 24 -33. 

Matos, S. (2012) Here We Don’t Speak, Here We Whistle: Designing a Language Support System for the Silbo Gomero. In: Farias, P.; Braga, M.; Calvera, A.; and Schincario, Z. (eds.), Design Frontiers - Territories, Concepts, Technologies. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference of the International Committee for Design History & Design Studies. 3 – 6 September 2012, São Paulo, Brazil. São Paulo: Buchler, pp. 243 – 247. ISBN: 9788521206927

Matos, S. (2012) Wicked Problems’. In: Rossiter, N.; Tretschok, J.; Wiedmann, C. and Zehle, S. (eds.), Depletion Design: A Glossary of Network Ecologies. Theory on Demand, 8. Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures, pp. 177 – 184. ISBN: 978-90-818575-1-2

Hecker, F. and Matos, S. (2011) Psychoactive Cognoscenti. In: Eds. Bauer, U., Dombois, F., Maries, C. and Schwabe, M. Birdhouse: Artistic Practice as Research. Walther Koenig Books, pp. 145 - 162 .ISBN: 9783863351182

Fuller, M. and Matos, S. (2011)Feral Computing, from Ubiquitous Calculation to Wild Interactions. In: Murphie, A. (ed.), Interaction Designs for Ubiquity: Visible, Tangible, and Embedded. Fibreculture Journal: Digital Media + Networks + Transdisciplinary Critique, 19: Ubiquity, pp. 145-163. ISSN: 1449 1443

Matos, S. (2011) Immersion, a Constructivist Approach to Cognition and Culture’. In: Stefani Kiwi Menrath, S. K. and Schwinghammer, A. eds. What Does a Chameleon Look Like? Topographies of Immersion. Herbert van Halem Verlag. pp. ISBN 978-3-938258-51-4

Matos, S. (2009) Indigenous Knowledge, Digital Media and Education - Designing for the Preservation of Intangible Heritage. In: Lira, S., Amoêda, R., Pinheiro, J., Oliveira, F. eds. Proceedings of the International Conference on Intangible Heritage Sharing Cultures, May 29 – June 012009, Pico, Azores Islands. ISBN: 978-989-95671-1-5.