Prof. Dr Gesche Joost

Expert co-opted by the German Council for Sustainable Development since 11/2017

Professor of design research at Berlin University of the Arts, Head of the Design Research Lab

Prof. Dr Gesche Joost (born in 1974) is a professor of design research at Berlin University of the Arts and Head of the Design Research Lab (research projects and teaching on the topics of human-machine interaction gender and diversity issues in technological development, and social sustainability and societal participation). She is the Digital Ambassador for Germany to the Digital Champions Initiative of the European Commission. Ms Prof. Dr Joost is a member of the German federal government’s Advisory Council for Consumer Affairs.

In her work for the German Council for Sustainable Development, she focuses on the intersection of digitisation and sustainability.

Professional career

Graduated with a degree in design, Fachhochschule Köln, degree: Diplom Designer (FH)

Studies in rhetoric, University of Tübingen

Visiting student in master’s programme for design studies at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)

Doctoral studies in fundamental features of film rhetoric in the work of Gert Ueding at the University of Tübingen (Dr. phil.; summa cum laude)

Lecturer on audiovisual media and design theory at the Köln International School of Design (KISD)

Senior Research Scientist at TU Berlin in cooperation with Telekom Laboratories

Since 2005
Head of the Design Research Lab

Visiting professor for the topic of gender & design at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hildesheim (HAWK)

Junior Professor for interaction design & media at TU Berlin

Since 2011
Professor of design research at Berlin University of the Arts

Since 2016
Scientific Director of Interactive Textiles at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Berlin

Board seats and functions (selection)

Since 2008
Chairwoman of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Designtheorie und -forschung e.V.

Since 2012
Jury Chairwoman of the CeBIT Innovation Award of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)

Member of the Board at TSB Technologiestiftung Berlin

Network policy expert on the campaign team of SPD chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrück

Member of the Board of Trustees at Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes

Since 2014
Member of the Advisory Council for Consumer Affairs (SVRV) of the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV)

Since 2014
Internet ambassador (“Digital Champion”) of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Commission

Since 2015
Member of the Goethe Institute; member of the Board of Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes; member of the Supervisory Board of SAP

Since 2017
Member of the Supervisory Board of ING DiBA; member of the Supervisory Board of OttoBock

Research areas

  • Design research
  • Human-machine interaction
  • Gender and diversity in technological development
  • Social sustainability
  • Societal participation