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Joanna Boehnert – Bath Spa University

Personal statement 

Dr Joanna Boehnert is a Senior Lecturer at Bath School of Design, working on two AHRC-funded projects and teaching in the Historical and Critical Studies programme.

From 2023–2026, she is working as an Innovation Scholar on the Transition Templates: Pathways to Netzero research with Livework, a service design consultancy in London. Her second research project is Enacting Gregory Bateson's Ecological Aesthetics in Architecture and Design on an AHRC-funded research project led by the University of Brighton and Bauhaus-Universität Weimar.

Joanna is also the author of the monograph Design, Ecology, Politics: Towards the Ecocene and her more recent work can be found on her blog and on Twitter.

Academic qualifications

  • HEA Fellowship, Loughborough University
  • HEA Associate Fellowship, University of Westminster
  • PhD in Design, University of Brighton
  • MA Graphic Design, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London
  • BA Specialised Honours Fine Arts, University of Guelph

Professional memberships

  • Design Research Society (DRS) member
  • DRS Sustainability Special Interest Group
  • Systemic Design Association (founding member)

Areas of expertise

  • Design for sustainability
  • Feminist design ecologies
  • Design studies and design contexts
  • Responsible design education
  • Design theory and design thinking
  • Systemic design (theory and practice)
  • Communication design 
  • Collaborative design 
  • Transdisciplinary design 
  • Design transitions
  • Design futuring

Research supervision

I am actively seeking PhD students working in design for sustainability and other topics.

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