For over three decades he has been working in the field of design for sustainability. Most recently, his interests have focused on social innovation, considered as a major driver of sustainable changes. In this perspective he started DESIS: an international network of schools of design, active in the field of design for social innovation and sustainability.
Presently, he is President of DESIS Network and Honorary Professor at the Politecnico di Milano. He has been guest professor in several design schools world-wide, as (in the past decade): Elisava-Design School and Engineering (Barcelona), Tongji University (Shanghai), Jiangnan University (Wuxi), University of the Arts (London), CPUT (Cape town), Parsons -The new School for Design (NYC).
His most recent books are: “Design, When Everybody Designs”, MIT Press 2015; “Politics of the Everyday.” Bloomsbury, 2019; “Livable Proximity” Egea, 2021 (November – English version of Abitare la prossimità, Egea 2021)
Architect and designer, is full professor of Industrial Design at the University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”.
She is chairman of the Council of Courses in Design for Innovation, of the same University. She is a member of the doctoral college in Environment, Design, Innovation.
She is a member of the CIAUD international research center – Centro de Investigacao em Arquitectura, Urbanismo e Design / Universidade de Lisboa. Today she chairs the Fashion Supply Chain Table of the Campania Region.
She is coordinator, for the area of Creativity, design and Made in Italy, of the PNR 2021-21.