Dr Sharon Prendeville is a researcher, educator and activist based at the Institute for Design Innovation, LUL. She is the Institute’s research lead and Programme Director for MSc Design Innovation Management. Her current research focuses on developing critical interdisciplinary perspectives in design, working with grassroots and social movements. She has worked with policymakers and a range of businesses on the complex and systemic nature of the relationship between design strategy and sustainable business. In 2014, she co-founded the ‘open source circular economy days’ grassroots community to explore counter-cultural practices, peer-to-peer production and commons governance within sustainability. Sharon has previously worked at SustainRCA, at the Royal College of Art in London, TU Delft, The Netherlands and in 2018, she was Chair of Conversations at DRS2018.
Dr. Anaïs Carlton-Parada is a researcher with a thematic focus on the anthropology of fashion, aesthetics as social justice, semiotic theory, systems of value in local/global economies, boundaries of belonging and appropriation. In previous research, her regional focus was Latin America and she conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Ecuador for two years during her course of study. She held an Honorary Research Associate position in Anthropology at University College London, and she earned her PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of South Carolina in 2020.
Dr Pandora Syperek is a researcher in modern and contemporary art, design and display culture, with special interests in gender and the nonhuman. She is co-editing a special issue of the Journal of Curatorial Studies on ocean ecology in recent exhibitions. From 2016-2017 she was postdoctoral fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, and she holds a PhD in the History of Art from University College London. She has taught at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, UCL and York University, Toronto.