Master's Degree in Design Research

Tim Cowlishaw

Researcher and interaction designer

Degrees and academic training

  • MSc in Computer Science (University College London, UK, 2011)
  • Bachelor of Audiovisual Design (Ravensbourne College, UK, 2005)

Activity and/or professional career

He is a researcher and interaction designer with 17 years of experience in the UK and Spain, working in private and public companies and independently. For five years he worked in the Internet Research and Services of the Future (IRFS) department of the BBC in London, directing and participating in speculative projects on the future of public media.

His current practice is divided between interactive design projects for clients, including the Xarxa de Ràdios Comunitàries de Barcelona and the UK National Archives, and artistic and speculative projects with Metro Arts (Brisbane, Australia), the Museo de la Imagen en Movimiento (New York), the National Fund for Creative Industries (UK) and Medialab Matadero (Madrid).


His doctoral thesis investigates digital waste and how it can open a way to expose the relationality, infrastructure and materiality of the digital, and point towards a conception of digital design that is not based on instrumental use.

In general, his research interests focus on the creative possibilities of new technologies, and the ability of their artistic use to think critically about them, the social links of digital technology, and the application of techniques and theories of social studies of science and technology (STS/EsCTS) in the field of design.


  • The Symbols of the Divine: Approaching a post-human ontology of digital design via the study of discards. Immaterial. Design, Art and Society, 7(13), pp.14-34 (2022)
  • Interactive audio augmented reality in participatory performance. Frontiers in Virtual Reality, 1, p.610320. In collaboration (2021)
  • Personalizing the public: personalizing linear radio at a public service broadcaster. In Proceedings of the IBC2018 Conference. In collaboration (2018)
  • The case for public service recommender algorithms. FATREC Workshop. In collaboration (2018)
  • Tellybox: Nine speculative prototypes for future TV. In Adjunct Publication of the 2017 ACM International Conference on Interactive Experiences for TV and Online Video,pp. 73-74. In collaboration (2017)


  • Extrasensory excesses. Medialab Matadero, Madrid, Spain (2022)
  • The Situationists' Walkman. UK, in collaboration (2021)
  • Assembly Now. Metro Arts, Brisbane, Australia, in collaboration (2020)
  • Alluvial Sharawadji. Eufònic Festival, La Ràpita, Spain, in collaboration (2018)
  • Singing with Machines. Sónar+D, Barcelona, ​​Spain, in collaboration (2018)