Prof. Dr. Paola Pierri


Prof. Dr. Paola Pierri Dozentin

  • Address Berner Fachhochschule
    Bern Academy of the Arts
    Fellerstrasse 11
    3027 Bern


  • Deputy Head of the Institute of Design Research

  • Coordinator of the Research Group «Social Design»

  • Lecturer at the MA Design

  • Member of the BFH "Caring Society" Commission 


  • MA Design

  • SINTA (Doktoratsprogramm gemeinsam mit der Universität Bern)


  • Design Anthropology

  • Social Design

  • Anthropology of Technologies

  • Democratic Design and Innovation

  • Social Movements and Design Activism


  • Paola has a doctorate in Design Anthropology from the London College of Communication and she specialises in critical studies of design and its impact on society and on political engagement.
    Her research interest include the field of Anthropology of Technologies exploring questions of inequalities and justice, as well as investigating the implications of emerging technologies on our everyday lives and on our democracies (including modes of digital activism and participation).

    She was previously Director of Research at Democratic Society where she led a research team researching innovative methodologies for civic participation in a ‘datafied’ society. She has been a Research Fellow at the Weizenbaum Institute, exploring questions of Digital Inequalities and Digital Sovereignty.

    She has teaching experience lecturing in Design theory and practice at London College of Communication, Technische Universität Berlin and she has been Associate Professor at Polimi, in Milan.
  • 2016 - 2020 Doctor of Philosophy in Design Anthropology London College of Communication


Language skills and intercultural knowledge

  • German - Limited working proficiency
  • French - Professional working proficiency
  • Spanish - Professional working proficiency
  • Italian - Native or bilingual proficiency
  • English - Full professional proficiency