Prof. Dr. Gesche Joost

Head of Design Research Lab
Civic Design, Critical Making, Digital Sovereignty, Material Interactions

Gesche Joost is Professor of Design Research at the Berlin University of the Arts and heads the Design Research Lab ( Working with international partners, she develops research and teaching projects on the future of the digital society. Her focus is on human-machine interaction and social-digital participation. She is heading the research group “Interactive Textiles” at the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (Deutsches Forschungszentrum für künstliche Intelligenz, DFKI). Since 2017, she has been on the board of directors of the Einstein Center Digital Future Berlin and is Principle Investigator at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society, where she carries out research on digital sovereignty and maker culture.
She chairs the German Society for Design Theory and Research and sits on the board of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes). She served as the German government’s Digital Champion to the European Commission from 2014 to 2018. She is a member of the synod of the evangelic church in Germany (Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland, EKD) and a member of the Goethe Institute. In 2016, she founded Calliope gGmbH, which offers digital learning to children from the 3rd grade and up. She is member of the Supervisory Board of SAP SE since 2016, and joined the supervisory boards of ING Germany and ottobock in 2017.


Mareis, C., Held, M., & Joost, G.  (2014). Wer gestaltet die Gestaltung?: Praxis, Theorie und Geschichte des partizipatorischen Designs. In Wer gestaltet die Gestaltung?: Praxis, Theorie und Geschichte des partizipatorischen Designs. In transcript Verlag.

Hertrich, S. & Joost, G.  (2010). AAA – Automated Anchoring Device.. In Devices That Alter Perception in conjunction with ISMAR 2010.

Hemmert, F., & Joost, G.  (2010). Embodiment, Immediacy and Thinghood in the Design of Human-Computer Interaction. In Proceedings of the Design Research Society Conference.

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