Post-Covid political economies of design
THURSDAY NOV 26, 2020 8 PM CET, ONLINE
The political economy governs design economies and determines the so-called “unintended consequences” of processes of production, shipping, use and disposal. The political economy of design refers to the ways economic forces shape the design industry and the resulting roles that design plays in society. Refocusing attention and directing design towards sustainable and socially just ends depends on an interrogation of how particular priorities are determined in the first place. An expanded political economy of design, moving from narrowly economic goalposts to expanded social and environmental values, is a foundation for transitions to sustainable futures. All pathways to sustainable futures involve a redirection of the design economies towards regenerative values.
Dr Joanna Boehnert is director of EcoLabs and Lecturer in Communication Design at Loughborough University and a Fellow at the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP). She is the author of Design/Ecology/ Politics: Towards the Ecocene (2018). She has previously worked as a researcher at the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado, at the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM) at the University of Westminster and at the Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus (CECAN) at the University of Surrey. She is originally from Canada and tweets @ecocene.
She writes on the intersection of human and nature relationships with a focus on how communication design practices can intervene in the current trajectory (of climate breakdown and the sixth extinction event).