I am currently Assistant Professor at Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå University (Sweden), where I am also serving as director of PhD studies. My interdisciplinary research centers around trying to understand and critique the role of (digital) things in experience and society in ways that can inform design, and it sits at the intersection of design studies, philosophy of technology, and critical technology studies. I have published and/or presented refereed work in philosophy of technology, science and technology studies, human-computer interaction, and design research.
I am currently co-writing a book with Johan Redström, to be published by Bloomsbury, that investigates and articulates what has become of things as computational processes, dynamic networks, and contextual customisation now emerge as factors as important as form, function and material were for designing, using and understanding objects in the industrial age.

Recent Publications

Heather Wiltse. 2017 (forthcoming). Mediating (infra)structures: Technology, media, environment. In Postphenomenology and Media. Ed. Yoni Van Den Eede, Stacey Irwin, and Galit Wellner. Lexington Books (an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield).

Diane P. Michelfelder, Galit Wellner, and Heather Wiltse. 2017. Designing differently: Toward a methodology for an ethics of feminist technology design. In The Ethics of Technology: Methods and Approaches. Ed. Sven Ove Hansson. London: Rowman and Littlefield.

Heather Wiltse, Monica Lindh Karlsson, Kristina Lindström, Aditya Pawar, and Åsa Ståhl. 2016. Non-local situations: Speculating about future response-abilities of postindustrial design (research). Conversation presented at DRS 2016.

Johan Redström and Heather Wiltse. 2015. On the multi-instabilities of assembled things. Paper presented at 4S 2015, the annual meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science in the panel session Postphenomenological Research 3: Theoretical Perspectives.

Johan Redström and Heather Wiltse. 2015. Press Play: Acts of defining (in) fluid assemblages. In Proceedings of Nordes 2015: Design Ecologies.

Heather Wiltse. 2015. On being turned inside out. Interactions 22 (3): 20-21.

Heather Wiltse, Erik Stolterman, and Johan Redström. 2015. Wicked interactions: (On the necessity of) reframing the ‘computer’ in philosophy and design. Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 19 (1): 26-49.

Lorenzo Davoli, Heather Wiltse, and Johan Redström. 2015. Trojans & drones: Materializing possibilities for transforming industrial infrastructures. In Proceedings of the 2nd Biennial Research Through Design Conference, 25-27 March 2015, Cambridge, UK, Article 29.

Heather Wiltse. 2014. Unpacking digital material mediation. Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 18 (3): 154-182.