UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


The politics of designing visions of the future

07 March 2024, 4:30 pm–6:00 pm

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Join us for a Director's Seminar with Prof Ramia Maze, Professor in Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.

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UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


G29 JZ Young Lecture Theatre
UCL Anatomy Building
Gower Street
United Kingdom

Ramia Mazé is Professor in Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London (UAL)(UK). Since 2016, she has been an editor of the leading scholarly journal Design Issues.Currently, Ramia’s research focuses on methods and roles of design in policy, sustainable development and just climate transitions. Current projects include Design|Policy AHRC Network and UAL Climate Systems Mapping pilot project. Over her 20+ year career, her research has spanned multiple disciplines but centres on design that is participatory, critical and politically-engaged. For example, she has researched participatory design and design for social innovation in terms of the political and power aspects of practice in particular public contexts. Pursuing these topics, she has led, published, and exhibited widely through a variety of interdisciplinary and international research projects and cultural initiatives. Methodologically, she specializes in practice-based research as well as critical and feminist epistemologies. Her research includes studies of design education and design research (doctoral) education. She has collaborated with scholars and practitioners in policy-making, sustainable development, and, in particular, futures studies.


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About this event series

Deliberative democracy: Rethinking democracy for 21st century prosperity

This Director’s Seminars and Soundbites series provides a thought-provoking exploration of the contemporary discussions surrounding deliberative democracy's structure and form, as well as the possibilities for renewing democracy. It aims to stimulate critical thinking and foster open dialogues regarding the challenges confronting us.

The Director's Seminars are an opportunity for audiences to get an in-depth theoretical perspective on sustainable and inclusive prosperity. These Seminars are given by academics who are pushing for new ways of thinking and new ways of researching society's grand challenges.

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