Nerea Calvillo is an architect, researcher and curator, Assistant Professor at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (University of Warwick) and unit master at the Architectural Association. The work produced at her office, C+ arquitectos, and her environmental visualization projects like In the Air have been presented, exhibited and published at international venues. Her research investigates the material, technological, political and social dimensions of environmental pollution. This has led her to analyse notions of toxicity, digital infrastructures of environmental monitoring, DIY and collaborative forms of production, smart cities and feminist approaches to sensing the environment.
Nigel Clark is Professor of social sustainability and human geography at the Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, UK. He is the author of Inhuman Nature: Sociable Life on a Dynamic Planet (2011) and co-editor (with Kathryn Yusoff) of a recent Theory, Culture & Society special issue on Geosocial Formations and the Anthropocene (2017). Current work includes the paleopolitics of the Mid Holocene, speculative volcanology, and the intersection of social and geological rifting.
Carolin Gerlitz is Professor of Digital Media and Methods at the University of Siegen and co-director of the Locating Media graduate school. She is member of the Digital Methods Initiative, University of Amsterdam, where she formerly worked as Assistant Professor of New Media and Digital Culture. She completed her PhD in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Among her research interests are digital media, methods, platform and app studies, quantification, calculation and sensor media.
Michael Guggenheim is Reader at the Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London, and a Co-Director of the Centre for Invention and Social Process (CISP). His research focuses on expertise and lay people in the fields of disaster management, buildings and cooking. He teaches inventive and visual methods and dreams of a different sociology.
Andrés Jaque is the founder of Office for Political Innovation (New York/Madrid), and Director of the Advanced Architectural Design Program at Columbia University GSAPP. The work of the office includes awarded projects including ‘IKEA Disobedients’ (MoMA NY, 2011), ‘Superpowers of Ten’ (Lisbon, 2013) and COSMO PS1 (New York, 2015). His research work has been published in Log, Threshold, Perspecta or Volume; and his books include Transmaterial Politics, PHANTOM. Mies as Rendered Society, Calculability and Different Kinds of Water Pouring Into a Swimming Pool.
Christopher Kelty is Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software (Duke University Press, 2008), and The Participant (forthcoming, 2018).
Lucy Kimbell is Director of the Innovation Insights Hub and Professor of Contemporary Design Practices at University of the Arts London and Associate Fellow at Said Business School, University of Oxford. She writes on and practices versions of design thinking and service design and works occasionally as an artist. She spent a year as AHRC design research fellow in Policy Lab, a team in the Cabinet Office, a department of the UK government. With Guy Julier, Lucy has undertaken two projects investigating social design commissioned by the AHRC.
Bernd Kräftner is an artist and researcher. He has realized numerous transdisciplinary research projects on and at the interfaces of science, society and the arts. He is a founder of the research group ‘Shared Inc.’ (Research Centre for Shared Incompetence) and teaches at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna at the Departments of Art & Science and Digital Art.
Judith Kröll is a sociologist. She is part of the transdisciplinary research group ‘Shared Inc.’ and Lecturer at the Department of Science and Technology Studies at the University of Vienna. She also works as a trainer with the Tomatis method.
Noortje Marres is Associate Professor in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (CIM) at the University of Warwick (UK). She studied science, technology and society (STS) at the University of Amsterdam and the Ecole des Mines (Paris). She was formerly the Director of the Centre for the Study of Invention and Social Process, Goldsmiths, University of London. Her book Material Participation (Palgrave) came out in paperback in 2015, and she published Digital Sociology (Polity) in 2017.
Mike Michael is a sociologist of science and technology, and a Professor in the Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology at the University of Exeter. His research interests have touched on the relation of everyday life to technoscience, the role of culture in biomedicine, and the interplay of design and social scientific perspectives. Recent major publications include Actor-Network Theory: Trials, Trails and Translations (Sage, 2017). He is currently writing books on Science and Technology Studies and Design (with Alex Wilkie) and on Speculative Research Methodology.
Fabian Muniesa, a researcher at Mines ParisTech (the Ecole des Mines de Paris) and a member of the Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation, studies business life from a cultural perspective. He is the author of The Provoked Economy: Economic Reality and the Performative Turn (2014, Routledge), and the co-author of Capitalization: A Cultural Guide (2017, Presses des Mines). This latter book (not about fonts) is a study on the meaning of considering things in terms of assets, and society in terms of a society of investors.
Christian Nold is an artist, designer and researcher who builds participatory technologies for collective representation. He is a Research Associate in the Department of Geography at UCL. In the last decade he created large-scale public art projects such as the widely acclaimed ‘Bio Mapping’, ‘Emotion Mapping’ and ‘Bijlmer Euro’ projects, which were staged with thousands of participants across the world. He wrote and edited Emotional Cartography: Technologies of the Self, (2009) The Internet of People for a Post-Oil World (2011) and Autopsy of an Island Currency (2014). His PhD was on the ontological politics of participatory sensing and the potential of design interventions.
Marsha Rosengarten is Professor in Sociology and a Director of the Centre for Invention and Social Process, Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London. She is co-author with Alex Wilkie and Martin Savransky of an edited collection Speculative Research: The Lure of Possible Futures (Routledge, 2017), co-author Mike Michael Innovation and Biomedicine: Ethics, Evidence and Expectation in HIV (Palgrave, 2013) and author of HIV Interventions: Biomedicine and the Traffic in Information and Flesh (University of Washington Press, 2009).
Martin Savransky is Lecturer and Director of the Unit of Play at the Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London. His works develops a philosophy of practices, weaving together a speculative pragmatism with an ecologically pluralistic politics. He is the author of The Adventure of Relevance (Palgrave, 2016), co-editor of Speculative Research: The Lure of Possible Futures (Routledge 2017), and guest-editor of a special issue titled ‘Isabelle Stengers and The Dramatization of Philosophy’ (forthcoming in SubStance). He is currently working on a second monograph under the title of Around the Day in Eighty Worlds: Politics of the Pluriverse.
Alex Wilkie is a sociologist of science, technology and design and a designer. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Design, at Goldsmiths, University of London where he is also a Director of the Centre for Invention and Social Process (CISP, Department of Sociology). Alex has recently been working on questions of aesthetics and speculation in relation to knowledge and inventive practices and has co-edited the volume Studio Studies (Routledge, 2015) with Ignacio Farías and Speculative Research (Routledge, 2017) with Martin Savransky and Marsha Rosengarten. He is currently writing a book on Science and Technology Studies and Design (with Mike Michael).