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Dr. David Gauntlett

Dr. David Gauntlett

DepartmentCreative Industries
EducationPh.D, MA, BA
Memberships/ServicesCanada Research Chair in Creative Innovation and Leadership
OfficeThe Catalyst, RCC232J
Phone416-979-5000 ex. 556386

Biographical Statement

Dr. David Gauntlett is Canada Research Chair in Creativity at The Creative School, Toronto Metropolitan University, Toronto, where he leads the Creativity Everything lab. He is the author of several books, including Creative Explorations (external link, opens in new window)  (2007), Making Media Studies (external link, opens in new window)  (2015), and Making is Connecting (external link, opens in new window)  (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.

Connect via  Twitter (external link, opens in new window)  |  YouTube (external link) 

Education Degree
Communications Studies, University of Leeds (Leeds, UK) Ph.D
Sociology and Women’s Studies, Lancaster University (Lancaster, UK) MA
Sociology (first class), University of York (Heslington, UK) BA (Hons)
Courses Taught
CC 8979 Creativity, Identity, and Making Things Happen
CRI 780 Your Creative Self


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 (external link, opens in new window)  (Polity, 2018).

Making Media Studies: The Creativity Turn in Media and Communications Studies (external link, opens in new window)  (Peter Lang, 2015).

Making is Connecting: The social meaning of creativity, from DIY and knitting to YouTube and Web 2.0 (external link, opens in new window)  (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 (external link, opens in new window)  (Kindle, 2011).

Media, Gender and Identity: Second edition (external link, opens in new window)  (Routledge, 2008).

Creative Explorations: New approaches to identities and audiences (external link, opens in new window)  (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).