Betti Marenko

1994-2004 Visiting Lecturer. Sociology of Culture. Faculty of Sociology, Università di Urbino Italy
2004-2005 Senior Lecturer. Cultural Studies. Faculty of Sociology, University of Essex, UK

At Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London:
2006-2008 Associate Lecturer. Contextual Studies. BA (Hons.) Product Design
Since 2007 – Contextual Studies Programme Leader. BA (Hons.) Product Design
2010-2014 Coordinator. Bigger Picture Programme
Since 2013 – Senior Lecturer. MA Culture, Criticism and Curation
2013-2017 Research Leader. Product, Ceramic and Industrial Design Programme

2018-Specially Appointed Professor, School of Environment and Society, Tokyo Institute of Technology 

Field of Specialization
(i) main field: Philosophy and Critical Theory
(ii) other fields: Design Studies, Philosophy of Technology, Digital Culture 
(iii) current research interest: Critical Algorithm Studies, Design and the Anthropocene, Digital Uncertainty

School of Environment and Society (Tokyo Tech)
Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London (U.K.)

Research Hub Group : Social Implementation international hub group

Research Highlight

  • Interdisciplinary approach bringing together continental philosophy, design and digital cultures to investigate the relationships between design, society and technologies, and their role in shaping futures.
  • Co-editor of the volume Deleuze and Design (Edinburgh University Press 2015, with J. Brassett) – the first book to use Deleuze and Guattari to provide an entirely new theoretical framework to address the theory and practice of design.

Selected Awards

  • 2013  Fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK
  • 2014  Queen’s Award for Higher and Further Education. Awarded to Product Design for world-class excellence. Special mention to “context-led approach to teaching”.
  • 2014  University of the Arts London Teaching Award. Student-led award recognising excellence in teaching.

Selected Publications


  • B. Marenko and J. Brassett (eds.), 2015. Deleuze and Design. Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press

   Book Chapters

  • B. Marenko, 2018. FutureCrafting. Speculation, design and the nonhuman, or how to live with digital uncertainty. In Hybrid Ökologien. Susanne Witzgall, Marietta Kesting, Maria Muhle, Jenny Nachtigall, (eds). Zurich, Diaphanes AG
  • B. Marenko, 2018. The un-designability of the virtual. Design from problem-solving to problem-finding. In UnDesign: Critical Practices at the Intersection of Art and Design. Gavin Sade, Gretchen Coombs, Andrew McNamara (eds.) London, Routledge
  • B. Marenko, 2018. FutureCrafting. A speculative method for an imaginative AI. AAAI Spring Symposium Series. Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, Palo Alto, California, pp. 419-422.
  • B. Marenko, 2017. Filled with wonder. The enchanting android from cams to algorithms. In Encountering Things. Design and Theories of Things. Leslie Atzmon and Prasad Boradkar (eds.) London, Bloomsbury. 19-34
  • B. Marenko, 2017. Incertitude, contingence et intuition matérielle: un cadre de recherche pour un design mineur. In Biomimétisme: Science, Design et Architecture. Manola Antonioli (ed). Paris, Éditions Loco. 31-43
  • B. Marenko, 2015. Digital materiality, morphogenesis and the intelligence of the technodigital object. In Deleuze and Design. Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press. 107- 138
  • B. Marenko and J. Brassett, 2015. Introduction. In Deleuze and Design. Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press. 1-30
  • B. Marenko, 2010. Contagious affectivity. The management of emotions in late capitalist design. In Negotiating Futures, Design Fiction. 6th Swiss Design Network Conference Proceedings, Basel. 134-149

  Peer-reviewed journal articles

  • B. Marenko and P. Van Allen, 2016. Animistic design: how to reimagine digital interaction between the human and the nonhuman. Digital Creativity. Special issue: Post-anthropocentric creativity. Stanislav Roudavski and Jon McCormack (eds.) London, Routledge. 52-70

  • B. Marenko, 2015. When making becomes divination: uncertainty and contingency in computational glitch-events. Design Studies 41. Special issue: Computational making. Terry Knight and Theodora Vardoulli (eds.) London, Elsevier. 110-125
  • B. Marenko, 2014. Neo-animism and design. A new paradigm in object theory. Design and Culture. 6.2. Special issue: Design, thing theory and the lives of objects. Leslie Atzmon (ed.) London, Berg. 219-242
  • B. Marenko, 2009. Object-relics and their effects: for a neo-animist paradigm. MEI Médiation and Information. Special Issue: Objets & communication. 30-31. Bernard Darras and Sarah Belkhamsa (eds) Paris, l’Harmattan. 239-253