Configuring Light works on a consultancy basis with a range of clients – including lighting designers, city councils, housing trusts and developers. We offer cutting edge social research methodologies and analytical resources to build a rich and secure understanding of the social spaces for design and planning interventions. This social knowledge can enter into a productive dialogue with professional designers and planners to foster an iterative development process.

As professional social researchers, our offering is distinct from – but readily supports and engages with – public consultation processes on the one hand, and engineering, behavioural and economic research on the other. Our core research approach is ethnographic: we build a bespoke research design for fine-grained, location-specific and open-ended exploration of social practices, understandings and relationships. We identify and and seek out the full diversity of stakeholders beyond standard demographics and engage with them through sensitive and extensive interviews, walkabouts, mapping and projective methods. The production of rich qualitative data is at the centre in Configuring Light’s work, but we are able to integrate quantitative and big data within this framework.

Configuring Light also delivers innovative and educative events on the social aspects of light and has a track-record in engaging a wide range of audiences through talks, workshops and night walks.

Clients to date include Ove Arup, Derby City Council, Peabody, Light Follows Behaviour, Lend Lease, Wellcome Collection, London Science Museum and the Inside Out Festival.

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