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Paola Pierri

Former Research Fellow

Paola Pierri is a researcher working in the field of Design Anthropology, with an interest in forms of activism and participatory democracy. She is completing her Doctoral programme at the University of the Arts London (funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Centre), with a thesis that looks at the relationship between design and political creativity. She is currently a Lecturer at UAL and she has previously collaborated with the University of Liverpool on a research project exploring the model of Citizens Assemblies as one of the potential ways to increase citizens’ engagement around the future of the EU.
Paola has a background in Political Theory and a MA in Development. She is a Research Fellow at the Weizenbaum Institut, collaborating with the Research Group N8 on Inequality and Digital Sovereignty. Her research interests are around the role of design approaches in shaping publics and in encouraging political participation. She is particularly interested in the impact of the digital ecosystem on civic and political discourses.

Positions at Weizenbaum Institut

Research Fellow:

Research Group "Inequality and Digital Sovereignty"

1 April - 31 August 2019


“C.A.R.E. for the Future of Europe”: EU funded project to develop and test innovative ways for citizens to effectively engage (both online and offline) in debates about the future of Europe, and influence the EU policy agenda. The project explored the tool of online/offline “Citizen Assemblies” as a tool for deliberation and citizens engagement



Sullivan, L., Pierri, P. and Dutoit, X. (Upcoming) Connecting online and offline citizen participation: Stop Glyphosate ECI and EU civic engagement through mini-publics, Book Chapter in Ed. Alemanno, A. and Organ, J., Democratic Participation in a Citizen's Europe

Pierri, P. (2018) Participatory Design Practices in Mental Health in the UK: Rebutting the Optimism - Design Issues, Vol. 34, nr 4, Autumn

Pierri, P. (2017) Decentralising Design. Raising the Question of Agency in Emerging Design Practice - The Design Journal, 20:sup1, DOI: 10.1080/14606925.2017.1352805

Pierri, P. (2017) Why people do not rebel? Issues of self-marginalisation in design for mental health - Proceedings from the conference “Intersectional Perspectives on Design, Politics and Power


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