9-10 November 2023
Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest
endorsed by

Edition 2023


Indy Johar

Director, Designer, and Architect, Co-founder of 00 & Dark Matter Labs

Josina Vink

Associate Professor of Service Design at AHO, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design and Design Lead for the Center for Connected Care (C3)

Agnes Jekli

Phd Candidate, Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design

Carla Jakobowsky

Co-Designer and Researcher, Cologne University of Applied Sciences

Cecilia de Marinis

Master in Design Research Coordinator, Associate Professor, BAU School of Arts and Design of Barcelona

Denise de Spirito

PhD candidate, Università degli Studi di Firenze DIDA Department of Architecture DIDA

Dr. Gayatri Menon

Principal Faculty, National Institute of Design

Dr. Jaron Rowan

Head of Research BAU, College of Arts and Design Barcelona

Dr. Pinar Kaygan

Head Researcher, Art Academy Latvia

Gamze Ekin

Marketing Strategy Manager, I-AM
Adjunct Lecturer, Özyeğin University

Helena Elizondo Nieva

Designer, Elisava School of Design and Engineering

Johanna Mehl

Phd Candidate, Technische Universität Dresden

Marius Land

Research Associate, Braunschweig University of Art

Matteo Maria Moretti

Associate Professor, University of Sassari, Founding Partner, Sheldon.studio

Nathaly Pinto Torres

Doctoral researcher at Aalto University, Finland
Adjunct professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica, Ecuador

Stefanie Ollenburg M.A.

Research Associate, Braunschweig University of Art

Svenja Bickert-Appleby

Transformation Designer and researcher

Teresa Palmieri

Doctor in Architecture, Postdoctoral fellow & Lecturer Free University of Bozen/Bolzano

Thomas Watkin (DPLG, MDeS, PhD)

Associate Professor, University of Nîmes

Tona Monjo Palau

Lecturer, ELISAVA Barcelona


The 2nd Bi-annual Conference of the Social Design Network will bring together scholars from various disciplines to explore how design responds to and shapes our understanding of crises by encompassing a range of activities and interventions.

Some potential topics for exploration could include:

  • The roles that designers take on in responding to crises
  • The capacities and literacies that designers bring to the table in crisis situations
  • How current forms of thinking about design may be shifting in the context of transformation
  • Different ontologies and their implication for designs’ ability to grasp and respond to the interconnected nature of permacrisis
  • The relationships between design and other disciplines in responding to crises
  • The potential for design to shape our understanding and response to crises
  • Adaption of design education as a response to “the long emergency”

The program is sponsored by the Foundation for Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design as part of the Global Voices initiative.


The first Conference day will be entirely dedicated to workshops exploring relevant actors, NGOs, and initiatives across Budapest.

The second day will give place to keynote sessions, presentations, discussions, a PhD research and student section, all organized around four thematic tracks:

  • Understanding Design and Crisis
  • Crisis, Literacies, and Practices
  • Crisis and Communities
  • Crisis and Education

The conference is a live event. All presentations will happen on location.

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