Dr. phil. Jennifer Schubert

Civic Design

As design researcher Jennifer Schubert explores the intersection between technology, participation and collectivity. Her research interest spans from digital inclusion, glocalised networks to boundary objects. In her dissertation about »Civic Tools for Informal City Making« she explored new possibilities of visual and tangible forms of participation. Prior to that, she studied Design Theory and Research at Köln International School of Design and at Parsons New School for Design, New York.

She co-founded the research group »Civic Infrastructures« and worked in research projects like »Neighborhood Labs« (2011-2015), »Community Now?« (2013-2016), »Participatory City Brandis« (2015-2017) and »Citizens connect Neighborhoods NRW« (2016-2018) in rural as well as urban spaces. Currently she is researcher in the three year funded BMBF project »Interpart« (2018-2021) exploring possible ways of participation for post migrant society in urban planning processes.

She has been teaching Interface Design, Participatory Design and Design Methods in Bozen, Dessau, Wuppertal, Cologne and Berlin.


Schubert, J. & Herlo, B.  (2017). CITIZENS, TECHNOLOGIES & POWER – A UNIQUE PARTICIPATORY DESIGN CHALLENGE. In 7th Nordes Design Conference »Design & Power«.

Schubert, J.  (2016). Digitale Spaltung und ihre Bedeutung für die Stadtentwicklung | Aus Sicht der Designforschung.. In BBSR-Berichte KOMPAKT 01/2016. 11-12.

Dionisio, M., Barreto, M., Nisi, V., Nunes, N., Hanna, J., Herlo, B., & Schubert, J.  (2015). Evaluation of Yasmine’s Adventures: Exploring the Socio-Cultural Potential of Location Aware Multimedia Stories. In International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling. 251-258.

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