Betti MarenkoReader in Design and Techno-Digital Futuresat Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London
Dr. Betti Marenko is a transdisciplinary theorist, academic, educator and curator working across process philosophies, design studies and critical technologies. Her work investigates the relationships between design, society, media and culture, and their role in shaping futures. She has a background in philosophy, sociology and cultural studies, over two decades of experience in education, and proven leadership and senior management skills. She is a dedicated network-builder who is able to perform and deliver in challenging situations. She is the author of numerous articles, book chapters and essays; regularly invited world-wide to speak on issues of design, futures, and technology, and is former Associate Editor of the journal Design and Culture. She is co-editor of Designing Smart Objects in Everyday Life. Intelligences, Agencies, Ecologies (2021), and of Deleuze and Design (2015) - the first book to use Deleuze and Guattari to provide a new theoretical framework to address the theory and practice of design. She is the founder and director of the Hybrid Futures Lab, a transversal research initiative developing speculative-pragmatic interventions at the intersection of philosophy, design, technology and future-crafting practices. She is Reader in Design and Techno-Digital Futures at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London and WRHI Specially Appointed Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology where she is co-founder of STADHI (Science & Technology + Art & Design Hybrid Innovation), a transdisciplinary satellite Lab working on developing hybrid methodologies and research practice.