Ulises Navarro Aguiar is a postdoctoral researcher at HDK-Valand, Academy of Art and Design and a member of the research collective Origens Media Lab. He received his PhD from the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg in 2017. As the recipient of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship, he carried out his doctoral research within Volvo Group as part of his involvement with DESMA.
Ulises is 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. Before turning to research, he worked as a service designer with Nekoé (now Aktan), a service innovation studio located in Orléans, France.
Broadly speaking, Ulises’s work lies at the crossroads of organization studies, design studies, and science and technology studies, and deals with different topics around strategic design, design expertise, and valuation in and around design. Conceptually, it draws on approaches inspired by pragmatism and (post-)actor-network theory. His current research focuses on the entwinement of financialization and design in the digital economy. Alongside his research work, he has conducted workshops and delivered lectures/talks at a number of institutions including IT University of Copenhagen, ESC Clermont, CENTRO, CEDIM, Chalmers University of Technology, Tecnológico de Monterrey, and Strate School of Design.