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 Laura Santamaria is design researcher and educator based at the Institute for Design Innovation, Loughborough University London and is Program Director of the MA Design and Culture. Laura has over 20 years’ experience as a practitioner in design strategy, media and communications, and is co-founder of sustainable lifestyle magazine Sublime. She holds a PhD in Sustainable Innovation. Her research focuses on grassroots approaches to empower communities for paradigm change through communicative action, innovation and entrepreneurship. She champions knowledge transfer across the school with a focus on place-based impact, developing projects with diverse stakeholders in our local community. She is chair of the Fair Energy Campaign.
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.