University of Sussex (UK), Professor of Design and Creative Technology and
Malmö University (Sweden) Professor of Interaction Design, Social Change and Sustainability
Short biography: Ann Light is Professor of Design and Creative Technology, University of Sussex, UK and Professor of Interaction Design, Social Change and Sustainability at Malmö University, Sweden. She is a design researcher and interaction theorist, specializing in participatory practice, human-computer interaction and collaborative future-making, with qualifications in humanities, arts, computer science and artificial intelligence. Her 25-year research career has focused on the politics, ethics and agency of design, exploring eco-social change-making in a range of community settings and leading interdisciplinary teams in diverse fields, from the ethical consumption of coffee to interdisciplinarity itself. She has worked with arts and grass-roots organizations and marginalized groups on five continents and is currently co-leading research on the European Union’s Creative Practices for Transformative Futures and UK’s Social Justice in the Digital Economy. Beyond her academic career, she has 10 years’ professional experience in the design sector and ran an international charity using digital media for cultural exchange.
Short biography: Erik Gómez-Baggethun is a Professor in Environmental Governance at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and a Senior Research Associate at the University of Oxford. His research covers topics in ecological economics, urban planning, and sustainability science, topics on which he has published ~150 papers, book chapters, and policy reports. He has led various research projects on urban sustainability and was a lead author of the UN-CBD report Cities and Biodiversity Outlook 1. Erik is president elect of the International Society for Ecological Economics and serves as an expert on nature’s values for the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services (IPBES).
Prof. Dr. Cordula Kropp
University of Stuttgart (Germany), Chair of Sociology of Technology, Risk and Environment at the Social Science Institute and Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies at the University of Stuttgart (ZIRIUS)
and Lead PI in the Cluster of Excellence "Integrative Computational Design and Construction for Architecture" (IntCDC)
Prof. Dr. Cordula Kropp is a sociologist with a long-standing focus on sustainability-oriented research on social relations of nature, innovations and socio-technical change. Since 2016, she has held the Chair of Sociology of Technology, Risk and Environment at the Social Science Institute of the University of Stuttgart. Her current work focuses on ongoing infrastructural change (e.g. energy transition, transport, food and construction transition, digitalization and automation) and participatory development of sustainable cities (from urban gardens to smart cities). She is Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies at the University of Stuttgart (ZIRIUS) and Lead PI in the Cluster of Excellence "Integrative Computational Design and Construction for Architecture" (IntCDC). Recent publications include the textbook Kropp & Sonnberger (2021): Environmental Sociology. Baden-Baden: Nomos and the edited volume Kropp, C., Antoni-Komar, I. & C. Sage eds. (2021): Food system transformations: social movements, local economies, collaborative networks (Critical Food Studies). New York/ London: Routledge.