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Danielle Wilde

My research and teaching raise questions around the social, ecological and material sustainability of human action, and the role of design therein.

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Affiliated as professor at Umeå Institute of Design (UID)
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Background

I was born in Australia and have lived in France, Germany, Denmark, the United States, the UK and Japan. I hold a PhD from Monash University (Art, Design and Architecture), and the CSIRO (Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation / Material Science and Engineering); and an MA (Interaction Design), from the Royal College of Art, London. I do not hold an undergraduate degree. I moved to Umeå in March 2022, from Denmark, where I founded and ran the University of Southern Denmark (SDU)’s BodyBio|Soft Lab, and recently opened FoodLab. I came to academia late after a career in theatre and performance, then research and speechwriting (for two Chief Scientists of Australia and one Prime Minister). I have worked as a cook in New York, a trapezist in Paris, and have ridden a BMW GS motorbike, solo, around Australia.

In parallel to my professorship at Umeå, I maintain a partial position in the department of Sociology, Environmental and Business Economics at SDU in Esbjerg, where I coordinate local efforts on the FUSILLI project (fusilli-project.eu / koldingfood2030.dk), working closely with Kolding Municipality, and assisting twelve participating cities across Europe to develop and implement Food Living Lab roadmaps to transform their food systems to be more sustainable. I sit on the Academic Council of the Estonian Academy of Art, Tallin; am Associate Editor of She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics and Innovation; am on the international advisory board of the Collaborative Future-Making research platform at Malmö University, Sweden; and am a founding member of the Feeding Food Futures research collective. I currently supervise PhDs at: SDU, RMIT, KU Leuven, University of Salzburg, and Estonian Academy of Art.

What I do at UID?

My research and teaching raise questions around the social, ecological and material sustainability of human action, and the role of design therein. I use experimental methods to examine how embodied engagement with the materiality of the world can assist people in thinking in new ways; develop new possibilities for future action that can be implemented today; alternative responses to challenges we face, whether these are planetary in scale or concern the nature within us. I use performative and probiotic methods, participatory and speculative research through design, to open up new ways of thinking, through moving, making and doing. I undertake pedagogical research, to infrastructure new roles for design in the twenty-first century, including through biodesign and design with living things. At the same time, I challenge the role of designer as a maker of things, products, cultural artefacts or services, positing that the role of the designer is to examine relationships and dependencies, and do as little as possible: to leverage participatory and co-creative design methods to help people to infrastructure their own agency—to understand what they need to regenerate the world around them, sand take action o that humans and non-humans alike might flourish. Much of my research, teaching and methodological development is focused on food (from multispecies perspectives).

Talk to me about:

  • Food as a multispecies concern
  • Societal change processes
  • Participatory research through design
Futures: The journal of policy, planning and futures studies, Elsevier 2022, Vol. 136
Wilde, Danielle
C&C '21: Creativity and Cognition
Dolejšová, Markéta; Ampatzidou, Cristina; Houston, Lara; et al.
Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 2021, Vol. 5, (4)
Paredes, Luis; McMillan, Caroline; Chan, Wan Kyn; et al.
DIS '20: Proceedings of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 2020 : 979-991
Altarriba Bertran, Ferran; Duval, Jared; Márquez Segura, Elena; et al.
IDC '20: Proceedings of the 2020 ACM Interaction Design and Children Conference: Extended Abstracts, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 2020 : 46-53
Chisik, Yoram; Bertran, Ferran Altarriba; Schaper, Marie-Monique; et al.
DIS 2020 Companion: Companion Publication of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 2020 : 377-380
Davis, Hilary; Wilde, Danielle; Altarriba Bertran, Ferran; et al.
interactions, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 2020, Vol. 27, (5) : 34-39
Dolejšová, Markéta; Davis, Hilary; Bertran, Ferran Altarriba; et al.
DIS '20: Proceedings of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 2020 : 993-1004
Dolejšová, Markéta; Wilde, Danielle; Altarriba Bertran, Ferran; et al.
DIS 2020 Companion: Companion Publication of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 2020 : 381-384
Dolešová, Markéta; Van Gaalen, Sjef; Wilde, Danielle; et al.
DIS '20: Proceedings of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 2020 : 2189-2200
Honauer, Michaela; Wilde, Danielle; Hornecker, Eva
IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, IEEE 2020, Vol. 41, (1) : 74-86
Karyda, Maria; Wilde, Danielle; Kjærsgaard, Mette Gislev
She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation, Elsevier 2020, Vol. 6, (2) : 170-212
Wilde, Danielle
Proceedings of the 4th biennial research through design conference: 19-22/03/2019
Aleksejeva, Jekaterina; Biedermann, Paul Robert; Gavriliuc, Iulia; et al.
CHI PLAY '19 Extended Abstracts: Extended Abstracts of the Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play Companion Extended Abstracts, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 2019 : 829-834
Bertran, Ferran Altarriba; Duval, Jared; Isbister, Katherine; et al.
CHI '19: Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Bertran, Ferran Altarriba; Jhaveri, Samvid; Lutz, Rosa; et al.
CHI PLAY '19: Proceedings of the Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 2019 : 225-237
Bertran, Ferran Altarriba; Wilde, Danielle; Berezvay, Ernő; et al.
DIS '19 Companion: Companion Publication of the 2019 on Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2019 Companion, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 2019 : 361-364
Dolejšová, Markéta; Altarriba Bertran, Ferran; Wilde, Danielle; et al.
The International Journal of Food Design, Intellect Ltd. 2019, Vol. 4, (1) : 3-37
Wilde, Danielle; Altarriba Bertran, Ferran
DIS '18 Companion: Proceedings of the 2018 ACM Conference Companion Publication on Designing Interactive Systems, New York: 2018 : 243-248
Altarriba Bertran, Ferran; Jhaveri, Samvid; Lutz, Rosa; et al.
Experiencing Food, Designing Dialogues: Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Food Design and Food Studies (EFOOD 2017), October 19-21, 2017, Lisbon, Portugal, CRC Press 2018 : 3-6
Altarriba Bertran, Ferran; Wilde, Danielle
NordiCHI '18: Proceedings of the 10th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 2018 : 922-927
Biedermann, Paul; Aleksejeva, Jekaterina; Mikkonen, Jussi; et al.
NordiCHI '18: Proceedings of the 10th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 2018 : 819-831
Nägele, Larissa Vivian; Wilde, Danielle; Ryöppy, Merja
Dobras, São Paulo: Brazilian Association of Fashion Studies and Researches (Abepem) 2018, Vol. 11, (23) : 197-217
Valle Noronha, Julia; Wilde, Danielle
DIS '18 Companion: Proceedings of the 2018 ACM Conference Companion Publication on Designing Interactive Systems, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 2018 : 419-422
Vannucci, Erica; Marshall, Justin; Altarriba Bertran, Ferran; et al.
TRANSnational STS, Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Conference, Sidney, Australia, August 29 - September 1, 2018
Wilde, Danielle
DIS '18: Proceedings of the 2018 Designing Interactive Systems Conference, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 2018 : 201-213
Wilde, Danielle; Marti, Patrizia
Informatics, MDPI 2018, Vol. 5, (1)
Wilde, Danielle; Underwood, Jenny
DIS '17: Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 2017 : 915-927
Beuthel, Janne Mascha; Wilde, Danielle
CHI '17: Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 2017 : 5158-5170
Wilde, Danielle; Vallgårda, Anna; Tomico, Oscar
TEI '16: Proceedings of the TEI '16: Tenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 2016 : 774-777
Tomico, Oscar; Wilde, Danielle
MUX: the journal of mobile user experience, Springer 2016, Vol. 5
Tomico, Oscar; Wilde, Danielle
MobileHCI '15: Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services Adjunct, Association for Computing Machinery 2015 : 1138-1141
Lucero, Andrés; Wilde, Danielle; Robinson, Simon; et al.
MobileHCI '15: Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services Adjunct, Association for Computing Machinery 2015 : 1179-1186
Tomico, Oscar; Wilde, Danielle
Proceedings of the 4th Participatory Innovation Conference 2015, The Hague University of Applied Sciences 2015 : 386-393
Wilde, Danielle
Tangible Means - experiental knowledge through materials: Proceedings of the International Conference 2015 of the Design Research Society Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge, Design School Kolding 2015 : 21-33
Wilde, Danielle; Underwood, Jenny; Pohlner, Rebecca
TEI '14: Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction, New York, NY, United States: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 2014 : 97-104
Walmink, Wouter; Wilde, Danielle; Mueller, Florian 'Floyd'
DIS '14: Proceedings of the 2014 conference on Designing interactive systems, ACM Press 2014 : 365-374
Wilde, Danielle; Underwood, Jenny; Pohlner, Rebecca
International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, Bristol: Intellect Ltd. 2008, Vol. 4, (1) : 7-26
Wilde, Danielle