UNIBZ’s Faculty of Design and Art is seeking a Research Assistant with a track record in design research in the context of eco-social transformation. The research assistant will work within the framework of the project, “Playground: Designing Visions of Play in a More-than-Human World“, funded by UNIBZ’s internal start-up grant. From the outset, this project asks how playgrounds might provide an opportunity to bring biodiversity to urban environments whilst helping combat climate change. As a participatory design project, it will draw stakeholders within the context of Bozen-Bozlano toward the topic and ultimately develop an awareness of the importance of reintegrating biodiversity into city life while tinkering with the positive implications for the imagination and play of younger citizens. The research assistant will support the establishment of a draft methodology and acquire empirical knowledge from a pilot project developed in collaboration with local partners. The research assistant will use design-led approaches to create appropriate interventions for the project and the subsequent observation and analysis of participation using qualitative research methods and tools. Expected outcomes for this position include creating design-led interventions within Bozen-Bolzano, an accompanying project toolkit, and support in drafting academic publications.
Please note that the successful AR will be expected to conduct fieldwork in the Italian language.
Here is the call. Application deadline: 11.01.2024, 12:00 a.m. (CET). If you have questions about the application procedure, please send an email to UNIBZ’s Personnel Office. For questions concerning the project, please get in touch with PI Sónia Matos.