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Dr. David Gauntlett

Dr. David Gauntlett

DepartmentCreative Industries
EducationBA, MA, PhD
Memberships/ServicesCanada Research Chair in Creative Innovation and Leadership
OfficeThe Catalyst, RCC232J
Phone +1-416-979-5000 ex. 556386

Biographical Statement

David Gauntlett is Canada Research Chair in Creativity at the Faculty of Communication and Design, Ryerson University, Toronto, where he leads the Creativity Everything lab. He is the author of several books, including Creative Explorations (2007), Making Media Studies (2015), and Making is Connecting (2011, second edition 2018). He has made a number of popular online resources, videos and playthings, and has pioneered creative research and workshop methods. He has worked with a number of the world’s leading creative organisations, including the BBC, the British Library, and Tate. For 12 years he has worked with LEGO and the LEGO Foundation on innovation in creativity, play and learning.

Website at, external link, opens in new window includes extensive resources, blog and videos.

Education Degree
Sociology (first class), University of York, UK, 1992 BA (Hons)
Sociology and Women’s Studies, University of Lancaster, UK, 1993 MA
Communications Studies, University of Leeds, UK, 1996 PhD

Courses Taught

Courses Taught
CRI 780 Your Creative Self
CC 8979 Creativity, Identity, and Making Things Happen

Research Interests




Digital Media




Cultures of Making

Media Impact


Making is Connecting: The social power of creativity, from craft and knitting to digital everything – Second expanded edition (Polity, 2018).

Making Media Studies: The Creativity Turn in Media and Communications Studies (Peter Lang, 2015).

Making is Connecting: The social meaning of creativity, from DIY and knitting to YouTube and Web 2.0 (Polity, 2011).
— Korean translation published by Samcheolli Publishing, Seoul (2011).
— Italian translation (La società dei makers) published by Marsilio, Rome (2013).

Media Studies 2.0, and Other Battles around the Future of Media Research (Kindle, 2011).

Media, Gender and Identity: Second edition (Routledge, 2008).

Creative Explorations: New approaches to identities and audiences (Routledge, 2007).

Moving Experiences, Second edition: Media effects and beyond (John Libbey, 2005).

Web.Studies, Second edition (Arnold and Oxford University Press, 2004).

Media, Gender and Identity: An Introduction (Routledge, 2002).

Web.Studies: Rewiring Media Studies For The Digital Age (Arnold and Oxford University Press, 2000).
— Chinese translation published in the series ‘Western Journalism and Communications Classics’ by Xinhua Publishing (2003).

TV Living: Television, Culture and Everyday Life (Routledge, 1999). Written with Annette Hill.

Video Critical: Children, The Environment and Media Power (John Libbey, 1997).

Moving Experiences: Understanding Television’s Influences and Effects (John Libbey, 1995).