Dr. Gordon Hush

Job Title:

Head of Innovation School


Innovation School



Gordon Hush in conversation
at the GSA

Gordon Hush in conversation


Dr. Gordon Hush

Gordon has headed up the Product Design department at GSA since 2007 and helped steer the emergence of Design Innovation as a subject of academic study at Masters level incorporating Service Design, Citizenship, Environmental Design and, with the University of Glasgow, International Management. In addition, he supervises and examines PhD candidates, contributes to the EPSRC-funded TEDDI2: APAtSCHE – Aging Population Attitudes to Sensor Controlled Home Energy project (in collaboration with colleagues at GSA and the University of Strathclyde.

Gordon is a Sociologist operating within the domain of Design and, as such, is interested in the relationship between social theory and design, particularly the interaction with and ‘consumption’ of designed products in contemporary society. This includes social change, technological innovation and changes in design process, specifically the interaction between human beings and designed products (artefacts, services or experiences). Interested in exploring the affinities between ‘post-phenomenological’ approaches, the debates around Actant-Network-Theory and the theorisation of subjectivity found in post-Operaismo Italian thought Gordon is keen to explore the role of design(ers) in contemporary formulations of ‘human experience’ and, in particular, the relation between subjective affect (as experience) and the realm of (im)material culture (products).