Network board officially established

The Design + Posthumanism has existed for more than 5 years now and we are ready for some new challenges! Last month we established the network board – these eight people will get together regularly to conceptualize, ignite, organize, or facilitate network activities. We are excited for all things that will come!


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Anton Poikolainen Rosén (he/him/they) is a postdoctoral researcher in Human-Computer Interaction at the Department of Design, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland studying design for sustainable futures and the more-than-human world. His research themes include critical, circular and multisensory approaches to farming and waste management.

Janna Lumiruusu is a technologist, generalist designer and navigates daily entanglements with technology, from phone alarms to VR, grappling with the translation of physical movement into digital environments. Their practice examines urban living’s assumptions and our increasing distance from co-evolutionary systems. They feel a profound loss for a grounded existence interdependent with plants and animals, balanced by lessons from stone and mechanised systems in consistency and reliability. There is a critical daily decision between a sustainable future and a destructive, extractive path. Ethical considerations of equity, gratitude, and access drive their approach, critiquing hierarchical structures and advocating for sustainable, shared learning environments. Janna’s direction is towards co-design practices that bridge human and more-than-human worlds, challenging anthropocentric views.

Sebastian Gatz is an architect, artist and trained car mechanic, who works at the intersection of art, architecture and technology. Currently he is doing a PhD in Fine Arts at Konstfack – University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. His research combines fictocritical and posthuman methods to explore human-nature-technology relationships. He has an interest in experimental metaphysics, degrowth practices and digital fabrication. Previously he worked and taught at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (KADK) at the Centre for Information Technology and Architecture (CITA) in Copenhagen, where he worked with Artificial Intelligence, Robotic Fabrication and Robot-Plant-Hybrids.

Johanna Mehl (she/her) is a PhD candidate in cultural studies and design history at TU Dresden, where she holds a Saxon State fellowship and a research associate position at the Chair for Digital Cultures. As a scholar, designer, and educator she is interested in design as a knowledge culture and its entanglements with environmental history, cybernetics, systems theory, and media theory.

Satu Heikinheimo is a sustainable business and service designer, founder of Planet Diplomats and whynotism movement. Satu’s mission is to make every job a climate job and planet centric way of developing business and lifestyles a norm. She believes that saying why not is the key to long-term change and positive, inspiring and regenerative futures. Why not!

Sven Quadflieg is a designer and design researcher. He studied at Folkwang UdK (Essen, Germany), Zurich University of the Arts (Switzerland), and completed his PhD at HFBK Hamburg (Germany). Currently, he works as a professor at HSHL (Lippstadt, Germany). He is interested in designing desirable and sustainable futures and the interplay between design and society.

Svenja Keune, PhD, is a researcher at the Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås where she focuses on multispecies perspectives to design by employing multispecies auto-ethnography and practice based artistic research. As a passionate weaver Svenja co-founded and facilitates the I.N.S.E.C.T. Summer camps and initiated the VIBRA Research Network.

Thomas Laurien (he/him) is a designer, a curator, and a senior lecturer/associate professor at HDK-Valand – Academy of Art and Design at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He is immersed in several water-related projects, such as “Whose Body of Water?”, “Shimmer and Entanglements in the River Basin of Viskan”, and “Confluence of European Water Bodies”. He is also part of the research environment “Design After Progress – Reimagining Design Histories and Futures”. Laurien is co-initiator of the D+PH network and will continue to be one of the editors of the network’s website.

You can reach the board via email here:

Members, feel free to reach out if you have any questions, suggestions, or initiatives!