The role of design in transitional times is ever more fluid. In order to foster social responsibility and respond to the complex challenges ahead, we need to establish a large social contract that responds to the real and looming, rather than often fabricated, upcoming crisis. Green policies and transnational collaboration—bridging actions instead of isolating mentalities—are on the top of the agenda. But in our current state of extreme dilemma, a larger question remains: what is the role of design in this movement of change?
The Fifteenth International Conference on Design Principles & Practices featured plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field.
For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. The Award, with its accompanying responsibilities, provides a strong professional development opportunity for early career academics. The 2021 Emerging Scholar Award Recipients are listed below.