Critical theory (Alan Blackwell's research theme)
Wiki page summarising research by Alan Blackwell with students and collaborators
Recent publications on this topic can be found at: http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~afb21/publications/index.html?showonly=critical
I believe that technology design researchers should be prepared to engage in a critical technical practice (as Philip Agre phrased it), considering a wide range of philosophical, artistic and social commentary on the design enterprise.
This is not work that requires (or attracts) funding, and as a result, I am not able to accept students in this field.
I have worked on this topic with Mark Blythe, Jofish Kaye, Jeff Bardzell, Shaowen Bardzell
Other relevant collaborations include work with Marilyn Strathern, Georgina Born, Andrew Barry, Lee Wilson and conversations with Matt Ratto, Paul Dourish, Gilbert Cockton.