Arianna Mazzeo

Arianna is Design Research and Social Digital Innovation Professor. She is Visiting Professor at Harvard as well as Director of the MasterLab in Service Design Systems at Elisava Design School in Barcelona. Involved in European Innovation Projects since 2000, she is the Head of the International Relations of Elisava, also coordinates under the frame of the Open Design Program, the first European Open Design School based on the open culture values, collaboration and co-design with community. She holds a PhD in Design Education and Ethnography and she is responsible for the International design research group Cambio / Changes, to foster inclusive leadership impacting through design education. She is Harvard Ambassador of the initiative IDEAL Society for Europe and Latin America, and leading the "Impact trough Design" International Initiative in design education and research to align the UN Sustainable development goals (UN SDGs) in the design institutions curricula and research agenda worldwide. From September 2017, she is co-leading with Ezio Manzini a design for social innovation research program, with the Desis Network Cluster "Design for City-Making. Collaborative Cities", to explore how cities can play a role in generating or regenerating urban commons.Member of the International Association Cumulus ( and the World Design Organisation(, she has worked in Cameroon, Mexico, Turkey, Armenia, and South Africa on social digital innovation programs and local government policy agenda, in order to re-design and re-think design education through new open educational resources (OER) and new learning format, outside the classroom. She regularly collaborate with other universities such as Harvard, Carnagie Mellon, School of Design, Politecnico di Milano, Parsons School of Design, Royal College of Art, George Brown College Toronto, Sapienza University of Rome, as well with Victoria and Albert Museum, European Social and Economic Committee, EU JCR PolIcy Lab, United Nations, Municipality of Barcelona and Open Design Festival Capetown. She is charing the Conference Technology, Knowledge & Society by Common Ground Research Network and The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society,explores innovative theories and practices relating technology to society and design, enable people learning through new policy, language and posture through research in complex contexts.