Creating the possible: interdisciplinary methodologies for futures research, experimentation and impact

Professor Sarah Pink, Monash University, Emerging Technologies Research Lab (ETLab) and Professor Noortje Marres, University of Warwick, Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (CIM), are bringing together the work of two world-leading research units in an innovative project that will produce novel interdisciplinary approaches in futures research, experimentation and impact.

Both groups have pioneered innovative research methodologies for anticipating technological, environmental and social futures. CIM champions an inventive approach to interdisciplinary research which configures new interfaces between fields by combining creative, computational and scientific methodologies. ETLab members pioneer new interdisciplinary methodologies, which combine social science with engineering, IT, design and creative practice to imagine and anticipate futures.

This project consolidates the expertise and experience of both research units to advance an innovative research agenda: to create an interdisciplinary interface for developing new methodologies for futures research which advance beyond existing predictive techniques. It will respond to enduring societal challenges: how emerging technologies, including Artificial Intelligence and Automated Decision Making, will participate in human futures; and how future environments will be shared with machines and other non-humans in ethical, sustainable and equitable ways.

Principle applicants

Professor Sarah Pink

Professor Sarah Pink

Professor, Department of Design, Monash University

Professor Noortje Marres

Professor Noortje Marres

Centre Director, Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (CIM), University of Warwick

Co-applicants

Dr Yolande Strengers, Associate Professor, Computer-Human Interaction and Creativity (CHIC), Monash University

Dr Nerea Calvillo, Assitant Professor, Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (CIM), University of Warwick

Dr Shanti Sumartojo, Associate Professor, Department of Design, Monash University

Dr Nathaniel Tkacz, Reader, Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (CIM), University of Warwick

Dr Debora Lanzeni, Senior Research Fellow, Computer-Human Interaction and Creativity (CHIC), Monash University

Dr Maria Puig de la Bellacasa, Associate Professor, Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (CIM), University of Warwick

Dr Melisa Duque, Research Fellow, Department of Design, Monash University

Dr Cagatay Turkay (from September 2019), Associate Professor, Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (CIM), University of Warwick