PhD and Assistant professor of the Design Department of the Politecnico di Milano. Specialized in managing strategic design projects and in particular international projects for small and medium industries, Design Methods and Design Thinking processes.
Her research is mainly focused on community centered design and design for social innovation with a focus on the incubation and growth of local initiatives and their relationship with the private sector.
In the last years she joined several national and european research programmes, among them: Transition, Feeding Milan, Spread 2050. She is a lecturer at the Master in Social and Collaborative Housing of POLI.Design and co-founder of HousingLab, a lab experimenting with the collaborative housing sector and organizing Experimentdays Milan, the first Italian fair on this topic.
Jiang Jixiang, PhD candidate. His research focus on the relationship between human and non-human nature agency in collaborative cities under the guidance of design-driven social innovation. Those small and medium-sized cities both in Italy and China with different social culture backgrounds and in different developing level are diversity and attractive，especially in recent years in the process of urbanization in China, the countryside around many large cities is gradually becoming a part of the city. How the evolution of human and non-human nature agency relations affects the evolution of collaborative cities in the dimension of space and service design is the author’s interest point.
For more than two decades he has been working on design for sustainability and social innovation. Therefore he started DESIS, International Network on Design for Social Innovation . He has explored design potentialities in different fields, such as: Design of Materials, in the 80s; Strategic Design, in the 90s; Service Design, in the last ten years.
Presently, he is Honorary Professor at the Politecnico di Milano and Guest Professor at Tongji University (Shanghai). His most recent book is “Design, When Everybody Designs. An Introduction to Design for Social Innovation”, MIT Press 2015.
Martina Mazzarello is a Spatial designer and Ph.D. Candidate at Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and Visiting Researcher at the MIT Senseable City Lab (Boston, USA). She has a Master’s degree in Spatial Design (2015) at the Politecnico di Milano (Italy) after an exchange program at Tongji University in Shanghai (China). She has been working in the Design Department of Politecnico di Milano within Polimi DESIS lab since 2016, as Fellow researcher, focusing on urban public spaces and services as dynamic systems of human actions and interactions.
She is active in engaging the Service Design community in a discussion about the discipline therefore she co-organizes the Service Design Drinks Milan.
PhD in Design, Daniela is Associate Professor at the Design Department of Politecnico di Milano. She has been one of the first researchers investigating the area of Service Design. She worked for eight years at the research group Imagination at Lancaster University till 2015. Her research theme is the role of design in the development of services, with a particular focus on public sector innovation. Recently she is conducting research on the role of design for co-production in mental healthcare. She is the co-author of Design for Services (Gower) and Designing for Service. Key Issues and New Directions (Bloomsbury) books.
Service Designer, PhD, Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor at the School of Design of Politecnico di Milano. Her research interests cover service design and social innovation, focusing on citizen activism, methods and tools for co-design, public services and policies, design for local development. Among her projects there is “Creative Citizens”, an intensive experimentation devoted to co-design and co-produce services with a group of citizens in a neighbourhood of Milan. She also acts in an advisory capacity for start-up incubation programmes and organisations from private and third sector, deepening the intersection between service design, sharing economy and the notion of collaboration.
During his university career, he took part in several academic programs: MEDes – which brought him one year at Köln International School of Design and one at Universidade de Aveiro – Alta Scuola Politecnica – a double degree between Politecnico di Milano and Politecnico di Torino which leads him to develop an interdisciplinary attitude to innovation – and SUGAR – a one year Design Thinking programme to innovate a company, in partnership with Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia and Technische Universität München.
His research topic is Service Design Education Landscape, aimed at investigating the emerging phenomenon of training in Service Design and exploring how new educational models affect design education.
Interior and Spatial Designer and PhD candidate in Design at the Politecnico di Milano. His research is focused on the relationship between human beings and non-human agents in common urban spaces. He collaborated in research activities dealing with space and service design projects related to the reactivation of local communities in urban contexts. He currently works at the Department of Design, participating in research projects with the POLIMI DESIS Lab and the School of Design of the Politecnico di Milano where he attends didactic activities as Tutor within the Bachelor and Master Degree courses.
Diana Pamela holds a MSc. in Product Service System Design from Politecnico di Milano and is currently a PhD candidate in Design. In particular, she is investigating the practice of Design in Policy, focusing on design methods in policymaking. Along her academic career and more than five years of job experience, Pamela has worked in Italy, Germany, The Netherlands and Colombia. Driven by social innovation, she has worked with youth and children, as well as refugees and other marginalized communities. Furthermore, she has led multidisciplinary teams and worked for European projects, the manufacturing industry, design consultancy and education.