I research design for just communities, with a community-centered design research methodology. 

Design for just communities tackles systemic challenges, like promoting equity in societal structures, and immediate, individual needs, such as advocating for the right to repair against unsustainable and unjust practices like planned obsolescence.

For my 2024-2034 research plan, I divide my work into three lines:

  1. community-centered design justice,
  2. the politics of imaginaries in design,
  3. repair as a bottom-up transforming practice. 

Most recent publications

Martijn De Waal, Gabriele Ferri, Inte Gloerich, John Vines, and Chris Elsden. 2024. The city as a license: Design, rights and civics in a blockchain society. Special Issue of Big Data & Society.

Mattia Thibault, Vincenzo Idone Cassone, and Gabriele Ferri. 2024. Metropoesis: semiotics, fictional cities and speculative urban design. In Semiotic Approaches to Urban Space, Federico Bellentani, Mario Panico and Lia Yoka (eds.). Edward Elgar Publishing, 268–290.

Research highlights

Gabriele Ferri and Inte Gloerich. 2023. Risk and Harm: Unpacking Ideologies in the AI Discourse. In Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Conversational User Interfaces (CUI ’23), 284–289.

Inte Gloerich and Gabriele Ferri. 2023. First-Person Speculative Fabulation: A Workshop Method for Times of Crisis. Mediapolis: A Journal of Cities and Culture 8, 4.

Nazli Cila, Gabriele Ferri, Martijn de Waal, Inte Gloerich, and Tara Karpinski. 2020. The Blockchain and the Commons: Dilemmas in the Design of Local Platforms. In Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’20).

Ben Schouten, Gabriele Ferri, Michiel de Lange, and Karel Millenaar. 2017. Games as Strong Concepts for City-Making. In Playable Cities, Anton Nijholt (ed.). Springer Singapore, 23–45.

Gabriele Ferri, Jeffrey Bardzell, Shaowen Bardzell, and Stephanie Louraine. 2014. Analyzing Critical Designs: Categories, Distinctions, and Canons of Exemplars. In Proceedings of the 2014 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS ’14), 355–364.

Full list of publications

The complete list of all my writings is on my Google Scholar page, and also on my TUe research profile.

My name is Gabriele and I am Assistant Professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the department of Industrial Design. I work at the intersection of design, ethics, and community justice to co-design sustainable futures.

I analyze design's societal impact and I cooperate with diverse communities to challenge injustices. In class, I focus on ethical awareness and critical thinking, preparing students to navigate today's complex sociocultural landscape.

I'm inspired by Design Justice, and I draw on Ethnography, Interaction Criticism, Speculative Fabulation, Critical Design, and Humanistic HCI.

Have a look at my TUe institutional page and at my CV for all the other information about me.