Who We Are

Configuring Light is a team of sociologists and lighting professionals who explore the role light plays in social life, and how leading edge social research can produce better lighting. 

Dr Don Slater

Dr Don Slater is co-director of Configuring Light/Staging the Social and Associate Professor (Reader) in Sociology at the LSE. His current research focuses on light but he also researches and writes extensively on the sociology of material and visual culture, on the sociology of economic life (particularly consumer culture and marketing), and on new media and digital culture.  Major publications include: New Media, Development and Globalization: Making Connections in the Global South (Polity 2013); The Technological Economy (2005, with Andrew Barry); The Internet: An Ethnographic Approach (2000, with Daniel Miller); Consumer Culture and Modernity (1997).


Dr Joanne Entwistle

Dr Joanne Entwistle is co-director of Configuring Light/Staging the Social and Senior Lecturer in Sociology at King’s College London. She has published extensively on the sociology of fashion, dress and the body and aesthetic markets and economies. Major publications include: Fashioning Models: Image, Text, Industry, co-edited with Elizabeth Wissinger (Berg, forthcoming); The Aesthetic Economy: markets and value in clothing and modelling (Berg, 2009); Body Dressing, co-edited with Elizabeth Wilson (Berg, 2001); The Fashioned Body: fashion, dress and modern social theory (Polity, 2000).


Dr Elettra Bordonaro

Dr Elettra Bordonaro co-founded the Social Light Movement and is a trained architect holding a PhD in architecture. As lighting designer, Elettra has worked on lighting master plans and public realm lighting for major lighting design studios such as Light Cibles (Paris), Speirs+Major (Edinburgh), Metis Lighting (Milan) and Light Bureau (London). She taught at the Universities of Rome, Milan and Turin and was a visiting professor at Rhode Island School of Art and Design (USA) in 2014. She runs her own London-based lighting design studio called Light Follows Behaviour.