• People

    We are a multidisciplinary group of professors, researchers, and students who focus on design, teaching, and research activities intended to enhance and accelerate processes of social innovation and sustainable practices.

    Principal Faculty

    Eduardo Staszowski, PhD, Director, Parsons DESIS Lab
    Associate Professor of Design Strategies
    Parsons School of Design

    Lara Penin, PhD, Co-founder, Parsons DESIS Lab
    Associate Professor of Transdisciplinary Design
    Parsons School of Design

    Nidhi Srinivas, PhD, Co-founder, Parsons DESIS Lab
    Associate Professor of Nonprofit Management
    Schools of Public Engagement

    Affiliated Faculty

    Parsons School of Design

    Mariana Amatullo, Associate Professor, Strategic Design and Management
    Patricia Beirne, Assistant Professor of Transdisciplinary Design
    Nadia Elrokhsy, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Design
    Elliott Montgomery, Assistant Professor of Strategic Design
    Timo Rissanen, Assistant Professor of Fashion Design and Sustainability
    Anke Gruendel, Part-Time Lecturer, School of Fashion
    Lee-Sean Huang, Part-Time Lecturer, School of Design Strategies
    David Colby Reed, Part-Time Lecturer, School of Design Strategies
    Andrew Shea, Assistant Professor of Integrated Design
    Michael Wolf, Part-Time Lecturer, School of Art, Media, and Technology

    The New School for Social Research

    Federico Finchelstein, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Janey Program in Latin American Studies
    Victoria Hattam, Professor of Politics and Chair of the Department of Political Science

    Schools of Public Engagement

    Michele Kahane, Professor of Professional Practice

    Research and Teaching Assistants

    2018–2019

    Isabella Poeschl, MS Student in Strategic Design and Management
    Paula Aimi Kawakami, MFA Student in Transdisciplinary Design
    Macushla Robinson, PhD Student in Politics

    2017–2018

    Javiera Arenas, MFA Student in Transdisciplinary Design
    Corey Chao, MFA Student in Transdisciplinary Design
    Macushla Robinson, PhD Student in Politics

    2016–2017

    Valentina Branada, MFA Student in Transdisciplinary Design
    Corey Chao, MFA Student in Transdisciplinary Design
    Scott Brown, PhD Candidate in Anthropology
    Kathleen Edmonds, MFA Student in Transdisciplinary Design
    Alix Gerber, MFA Student in Transdisciplinary Design
    Kelsye A. Gould, MS Student in Nonprofit Management
    Sam Haddix, MFA Student in Transdisciplinary Design
    Aya Jaffar, MFA Student in Transdisciplinary Design
    Andrew Moon, PhD Student in Anthropology
    Ankita Roy, MFA Student in Transdisciplinary Design

    2014–2015

    Isabella Brandalise, MFA Student in Transdisciplinary Design
    Scott Brown, PhD Candidate in Anthropology
    Kathleen Edmonds, MFA Student in Transdisciplinary Design
    Alix Gerber, MFA Student in Transdisciplinary Design
    Andrew Moon, MA Student in Anthropology
    Ron Morrison, MS Student in Design and Urban Ecologies
    Mollie West, MFA Student in Transdisciplinary Design

    2013–2014

    Elizabeth Blasi, MFA Student in Transdisciplinary Design
    Scott Brown, PhD Student in Anthropology
    Min Chung, MFA Student in Transdisciplinary Design
    Christopher Taylor Edwards, MFA Student in Transdisciplinary Design
    Taylor Kuhn, MFA Student in Transdisciplinary Design
    Jonathan Lapalme, MS Student in Design and Urban Ecologies
    Chen-Yu Lo, MA Student in Design Studies
    Andrew Moon, MA Student in Anthropology
    Joel Stein, MS Student in Design and Urban Ecologies
    Lauren Wong, MFA Student in Transdisciplinary Design
    Lillian Shi Tong, MFA Student in Transdisciplinary Design

    2012–2013

    Scott Brown, PhD Student in Anthropology
    Aaron Cansler, MFA Student Design in Transdisciplinary Design
    Danielle Christophe, MFA Student in Transdisciplinary Design
    Clarisa Diaz, MFA Student in Design and Technology

    2011–2012

    Clarisa Diaz, MFA Student in Design and Technology
    Matthew Willse, MFA Student in Design and Technology

    2010–2011

    Jacqueline Cooksey, MFA Student in Transdisciplinary Design
    Mai Kobori, MFA Student in Transdisciplinary Design
    Rachel Lehrer, MFA Student in Transdisciplinary Design

    2009–2010

    Savitri Lopez-Negrete, BFA in Integrated Design
    Kelli Jordan, BS Student in Environmental Studies
    Miki Aso, BS Student in Environmental Studies

    Visiting Scholars

    2018

    Camilla Buchanan, UK Government Inclusive Economy Unit and Lancaster University (UK)
    Chiara Del Gaudio, Unisinos University (Brazil)
    Ligia Nobre, University of São Paulo (Brazil)

    2017

    Sabrina Minqing Ni, Tongji University (China)
    Kakee Scott, Carnegie Mellon University

    2016

    Titta Jylkäs, University of Lapland (Finland)
    Kit Lykketoft, Mindlab (Denmark)
    Outi Kuittinen, Demos Helsinki, Visiting Fulbright Scholar (Finland)
    Sabrina Minqing Ni, Tongji University (China)
    Hefen Wong, Behavioural Insights and Design Unit, Ministry of Manpower (Singapore)

    2015

    Kit Lykketoft, Mindlab (Denmark)
    Hefen Wong, Behavioural Insights and Design Unit, Ministry of Manpower (Singapore)
    Lucia Nader, Open Society Fellow (Brazil)

    2014

    Christian Bason, Copenhagen Business School (Denmark)
    Essi Kuure, University of Lapland (Finland)
    Maria Hellström-Reimer, Malmö University (Sweden)
    Qi Luo, Beijing Institute of Technology (China)
    Antonio Iadarola, Second University of Naples (Italy)

    2013

    Juha Kronqvist, Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture (Finland)
    Daniella Seloni, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
    Gabriela Varanda, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

    2012

    Ezio Manzini, Distinguished Visiting Professor, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
    Harriet Harriss, Oxford Brookes University (United Kingdom)

    2011

    Daria Cantù, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)

    2010

    Anna Meroni, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
    Roman Aebersold, Hochschule Luzern—Design & Kunst (Switzerland)

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