Design education and (prefigurative) work politics

March 10, 2018

We’ve added a new section to the platform where we reflect on how people involved in design education (students, tutors, administrators) can contribute to tackle precarious working conditions.

@ Beyond Change – Swiss Design Network Conference

November 16, 2017

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Together with Decolonising Design and Depatriarchise Design, we will be activating a discussion platform during the Swiss Design Network Conference Beyond Change on 8-10 March 2018. Thanks to Claudia Mareis, Nina Paim and Julia Sommerfeld for inviting us into this space.

Papanek Symposium

July 12, 2017


Pleased to be contributing to this year’s Papanek Symposium on ‘Design and Ethics’ hosted at the Austrian Embassy in London.

The symposium is directed by Alison J. Clarke and co-organised by Leah Armstrong.

The Climate Change of Work

May 16, 2017


Together with Paolo Plotegher, we will be running a 3-day workshop at the Trojan Horse Summerschool on the Finnish island Bengtsår. Looking forward to this!

By Design or By Disaster

March 3, 2017


In a few days we’ll be contributing with a talk and a workshop to the upcoming By Design or By Disaster conference, at the Faculty of Design and Art of the Free University of Bolzano-Bozen. Very glad to see that our interest for the economies of eco-social design resonates.

Here are the slides of our presentation:

Exploring Territories – talk & workshop

August 25, 2016

We’re delighted to contribute to Exploring Territories, the Graphic Design Educators’ Network second annual conference, which will explore the physical, intellectual and existential terrain of design learning and teaching.

9 September 2016
Cardiff School of Art and Design – B Block, Cardiff Metropolitan University Western Avenue, Cardiff, CF5 2YB

Post-doc survival

June 6, 2016

A workshop at the PhD by Design event at the Design Research Society conference in Brighton on June 27, 2016 – in collaboration with Joanna Boehnert (University of Westminster).

Download the outcomes of the workshop.

With the academic and industry-based research environment firmly embedded in neoliberal politics, precarious working environments area a problem even for those who manage to complete a doctorate. In many countries, early career academics face harsh prospects with low wage, insecure sessional teaching work and precarious fractional contracts.
Post-docs are vulnerable in times of extreme cost cutting measures by universities. We can work hard and hope to get that elusive permanent position that pays a living wage – but many of us feel like we can’t afford to risk the precarious work that we might have by campaigning for better conditions.

In this workshop we discuss working conditions for designers and design researchers. We will start with a panel that will discuss post-doc working conditions. This panel will catalyse a collective conversation on survival as an early career design researchers. What comes after the PhD? How does this differ across countries and shape this reality
collectively? Opening up discussions about what kind of environment this creates is timely, especially as ever more designers opt for research-led trajectories. What do we want and need to do our jobs well and have economically sustainable and emotionally satisfying lives? What kind of practices, skills and collective actions can help us in creating this environment?

With contributions by Cameron Tonkinwise (Carnegie Mellon University) and Dan Lockton (Royal College of Art).

Making academic careers together. Recruitment, precariousness and gender

May 15, 2016


On the 24th May, we’ll coordinate the workshop “Making academic careers together. Recruitment, precariousness and gender”, which takes place in the context of the research project “Garcia” and COOP 2016 – XII International Conference on the Design of Cooperative Systems, hosted by the Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science of the University of Trento.

The one-day workshop explores the precarisation of work in academia and its intersections with the gender dimensions, a growing phenomenon in the last decade, with significant consequences in terms of intellectual development, continuity of streams of thinking and researchers’ well-being.

Back to running workshops

May 4, 2016

After 8 months of our monthly reading group and some time off for parental leave, we are back to running workshops :)

Shaping design practices for the anthropocene

December 2, 2015

We just added a new tool to the section on Cooperation & Support: Shaping design practices for the anthropocene.