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Joanna Boehnert

Senior Lecturer in Design, Bath Spa University

Joanna Boehnert is a Senior Lecturer in Design at Bath Spa University working on two AHRC funded projects. She an Innovation Scholar working on the “Transition Templates: Pathways to Netzero” research project (2023-2026) with Livework, a service design consultancy in London. This is accompanied by a second AHRC funded research project titled "Enacting Gregory Bateson's Ecological Aesthetics in Architecture and Design" led by the University of Brighton and Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. Her first book, Design/ Ecology/ Politics: Toward the Ecocene, was published in 2018. She completed an AHRC funded PhD on the visual communication of ecological literacy at the University of Brighton in 2012. She has worked as a design researcher at the Centre for Science and Technology Policy Research (CSTPR), University of Colorado Boulder; the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM) at the University of Westminster; and the Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus (CECAN) at the University of Surrey. She is the founder of EcoLabs, an amorphous design studio working in environmental communication and sustainable transitions since 2006. She tweet at @EcoLabs (high traffic) and @ecocene (low traffic).


  • 2023–present
    Senior lecturer, Bath Spa University
  • 2018–2022
    Lecturer in Design, Loughborough University


  • 2012 
    University of Brighton, AHRC funded PhD


  • 2018
    Design Ecology Politics, Bloomsbury

Grants and Contracts

  • 2023
    "Enacting Gregory Bateson's Ecological Aesthetics in Architecture and Design"
    Co-I with with PIs Ben Sweeting and Dulmini Perera.
    Funding Source:
    Arts and Humanities Research Council
  • 2023
    "Transition Templates: Pathways to NetZero"
    A Future Observatory Innovation Scholars secondment with Livework studio.
    Funding Source:
    Arts and Humanities Research Council
  • 2019
    Powering Productivity
    Co_I will PI Prof Tim Jackson
    Funding Source:
    Economic and Social Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • Design Research Society - Sustainability Special Interest Group
  • Systemic Design Association