My name’s Ulises Navarro Aguiar, and I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at HDK-Valand, Academy of Art and Design and a research fellow at Origens Media Lab. In 2017, I received my PhD from the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg. As a doctoral Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, I conducted research within Volvo Group through my involvement with DESMA.
I am holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico, and a Master’s degree in Design Management from a joint programme between the University of Salford in the UK and KEDGE Design School in France. Prior to my involvement in DESMA, I worked as a service designer with Nekoé (now Aktan), a service innovation agency located in Orléans, France. Previously, in Mexico, I collaborated with the Switzerland-based CEMEX Research Group in projects related to serious games and innovation.
My work is informed by developments in social theory and combines aspects of organization studies and design studies. My current research focuses on new forms of designing in the digital economy at the time of the Anthropocene, drawing on approaches inspired by pragmatism and (post-)actor-network theory. Alongside my research work, I have conducted workshops and delivered lectures/talks at a number of institutions including IT University of Copenhagen, ESC Clermont, CENTRO, CEDIM, and Tecnológico de Monterrey.