Prof. Dr. Gesche Joost

Principal Investigator

Prof. Dr. Gesche Joost is Professor of Design Research at the UdK Berlin and heads the Design Research Lab. With international partners, she develops research and teaching projects on issues in a digital society, including wearable computing and social-digital participation.

In 2006 she was one of the "100 Faces of Tomorrow" in the German government initiative "Germany – Land of Ideas"; in 2009 she received the Young Scientists Award from the governing mayor of Berlin. She is chair-woman of the German Association for Design Theory and Research (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Designtheorie und -forschung  e.V. .) and a member of the executive board of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes).

From 2014 to 2018, she was the Internet Ambassador of the Federal Government to the European Commission and has been a member of the Supervisory Board at SAP since 2015. She is a member of the EKD and the Goethe Institute.

Since 2016, she has been a founding member of Calliope gGmbH, which aims to pro-vide digital education to German children starting in the third grade using the Calliope minicomputer.



+49 30- 8353 – 58443




Universität der Künste Berlin, Design Research Lab
  • Positions

    Principal Investigator (PI):

    Research Group "Critical Maker Culture"

    Research Group "Inequality and digital sovereignty"

  • © Design Research Lab
  • Committees and functions
    • Professorin an der Universität der Künste Berlin
    • Mitglied des Sprecherkreises des Einstein Center Digital Future
    • Aufsichtsratsmitglied SAP
    • Aufsichtsratsmitglied Ottobock
    • Aufsichtsratsmitglied ING DiBa
    • Vorstandsmitglied der Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
    • Gründerin von Calliope gGmbH
    • Mitglied der Synode der Evangelischen Kirche Deutschland
    • Mitglied des Kuratoriums der Telekom Stiftung
    • Vorstandsmitglied der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Designtheorie und -forschung e. V.
    • Forschungsgruppenleiterin des Deutschen Forschungszentrums für Künstliche Intelligenz
  • Fields of research
    • Designforschung
    • Mensch-Maschine-Interaktion
    • Gender und Diversity in der Technologie-Entwicklung
    • Soziale Nachhaltigkeit
    • Gesellschaftliche Partizipation


Modellprojekt NRW – Bürger vernetzen Nachbarschaften (MBWSV NRW)

Mit-Mach-Brandis – Bürgerbeteiligung von Übermorgen (SMI)

DAAN – Design Adaptiver Ambienter Notifikationsumgebungen (BMBF)

Innovationscluster BeMobil: Entwicklung assistiver Technologien AAL (BMBF)



Bieling, T., Martins, T., Joost, G. (2017). Interactive inclusive – Designing tools for activism and empowerment. In M. Kent, M. & K. Ellis: Disability and Social Media. London.

Joost, G./Bredies, K./Christensen, M./Conradi, F./Unteidig, A. (Hrsg.) (2016): Design as Research – Positions, Arguments, Perspectives. Basel: Birkhäuser.

Bieling, T./Martins, T./Joost, G. (2015): Internet of Everyone – Tools for Empowerment. In: Ideologies, Ambitions & Utopias in Science and Technology. In: Graduate Journal of Social Science,  12(2), S. 96-107.

Joost, G./Unteidig, A. (2015): Design and Social Change: The Changing Environment of a Discipline in Flux. In: Jonas, W./Zerwas, S./von Anshelm, K. (Hrsg.): Transformation Design. Perspectives on a New Design Attitude. Basel: Birkhäuser, pp.134-148.

Zach, J./Lorenz, K./Joost, G. (2014): Guidelines for Technology that Supports Physical Activity by Elderly. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference for Universal Design “Three Days of Creativity and Diversity” (Lund, Sweden, 2014).

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