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Stephanie Pau

Associate Lecturer, MA Innovation Management
Central Saint Martins
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Stephanie  Pau


I am a futures, foresight and participatory design practitioner with a foundation (~15 years) in hands-on delivering Earth/space-based innovation with small-medium enterprises, multinational enterprises MNEs, academia, government and non-profit organisations. I hold an MRes (Healthcare and Design) from the Royal College of Art and an MEng (Electronics and Electrical Engineering with Management, First Hons) from Imperial College London.

I am Associate Lecturer in systemic design and collective imagination on MA Innovation Management. I work across multiple projects with students and staff in developing the capacity, infrastructure and methodologies to collaborate and collectively imagine for pluralistic futures. At the intersection of design, system and futures thinking, my main research interest is in design-based futures thinking methodologies and have published about collective imagination and imperfect expert with the Royal College of Art. More-than-human, experiential futures and decolonised design are topics that inspire me. I have published with and taught as visiting lecturer on the topics of futures, health and robotics, at the Royal College of Art, where I have supported executive masterclasses. In communities settings, I’ve led and facilitated experience-based peer-to-peer learning (e.g. a series of hackathons). Generally speaking, I believe collaboration is an important skill to cultivate in education and innovation settings.

I am also a Design Associate at the Design Council, and practice under my own design studio. My creative practice is situated between design research, improvisation performance, critical and speculative design and futures thinking practices.



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