Ulises Navarro Aguiar is a postdoctoral researcher at HDK-Valand, the Academy of Art and Design at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Trained as an industrial designer at Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico, he obtained his master degree at Kedge Design School in France.
After a career as a designer in an agency, he joined the European research network in design and management DESMA, funded by the European Research Council (ERC), where he carried out an ethnographic survey in the product design department of Volvo Group as part of his doctoral thesis. His doctoral thesis focuses on the broadening of the scope of design in the context of profound organizational and technological change.
His work crosses design research, organization theory and sociology (especially STS). He is a member of the Business & Design Lab and of the collective Origens. He also teaches in the Master in Embedded Design at HDK-Valand.
Nicolas Nova is Associate Professor at the Haute-Ecole d'Art et de Design (HEAD - Geneva) where he teaches anthropology of digital cultures, ethnography and design research.
He is also co-founder of the Near Future Laboratory, a foresight and innovation agency involved in design fiction projects.
His latest books are Smartphones. Une enquête anthropologique (Métis Presses, 2020), and Dr. Smartphone: an Ethnography of Mobile Repair Shops (IDP Lausanne).
Nicolas is about to publish a bestiary of the Anthropocene produced with the collective Disnovation and published by Onomatopee.