Michelle Christensen

Michelle is a sociologist and designer, exploring the spaces in between these realms. Her research interests include trans- and postdisciplinarity, design methodology and epistemology, the politics of objects and the social dimension of ‘thingness’.

Michelle studied political sociology at Roskilde University (B.A.), conflict studies at Utrecht University (M.A.), gender studies at the University of Amsterdam (M.Sc.), and integrated design at the Köln International School of Design (M.A.). She has worked at the Crisis Department of Amnesty International USA and at Amnesty Denmark, was a Humanity in Action Fellow, and a Congressional Fellow in the United States Congress in Washington DC.

She has taught conflict analysis, gender studies, design and research methods at universities in the Netherlands and Germany. Currently, she is writing her PhD and working as a Research Associate and lecturer at the Design Research Lab / Berlin University of the Arts. Together with Florian Conradi, she is furthermore heading the area of Interdisciplinarity and Open Labs at the Einstein Center Digital Future, an inter-university nucleus for research on the digitalisation of society. Since 2015 she is a member of the Board of International Research in Design (BIRD) at Birkhäuser, and since 2014 she is a board member of the German Society for Design Theory and Research (DGTF).

Publications

Design as Research – Positions, Arguments, Perspectives

Joost, Gesche; Bredies, Katharina; Christensen, Michelle; Conradi, Florian; Unteidig, Andreas (Eds.): Design as Research – Positions, Arguments, Perspectives. Basel: Birkhäuser 2016.