My name is Naomi Bueno de Mesquita. I am an interdisciplinary design researcher, PhD candidate and design educator interested in the intersection of design and social sciences. After completing a BA in Architectural Design from Gerrit Rietveld Academy (The Netherlands) and a Master in Design from Pompeu Fabra University (Spain), I gained valuable experience as a design researcher in the Marie-Curie Early Stage Research for the European program TRADERSTraining art and design researchers for participation in public space’) at Design Academy Eindhoven and contributed to the development of a methodological framework to guide future designers in participatory and public space contexts.

I am currently completing my doctorate at University of Leuven (Belgium), examining the value of digital cartography as a design research methodology. Through looking at the use of mapping applications in a societal context, I explore how such applications can enhance civic engagement and participation in society. With a special interest in design for social innovation, I am a design educator at several European universities in the areas of participatory design methodology, Universal Design, and interaction design in/for public spaces.