Warming Up for the 6th Why the World Needs Anthropologists!

PEOPLE project continues powering the Why the World Needs Anthropologists symposium, organised for the 6th consecutive year by the EASA Applied Anthropology Network. On 26 and 27 October 2018, we will be Designing the Future in Lisbon, Portugal. 

Following the successful and inspiring last year’s symposium in Durham, the PEOPLE project continues to contribute to Why the World Needs Anthropologists (WWNA) symposium. People-centred design and development approaches are at the heart of the PEOPLE project and we are excited to be involved in delivering the Designing the Future! As suggested by this year’s title, the focus is on design anthropology, its methods and practical applications.

The event will bring together researchers, designers, and developers from various domains to ensure an enriched discussion, facilitate collaborations, create innovation momentum, and provide a networking platform for new job opportunities. Four top speakers will share their experience and examine topics such as human-centred design, design thinking, and the role of ethnography in these processes. This year’s speakers are

  • JOSÉ MANUEL DOS SANTOS (Head of Design and User Experience at Philips Lighting),
  • SARAH PINK (Distinguished Professor at RMIT University),
  • JAMER HUNT (Vice Provost for Transdisciplinary Initiatives at The New School), and
  • ANNA KIRAH (Managing Director at Design Without Borders).

Full programme, with workshop, exhibition and fringe event details, will be available along with the registration form on 1 June 2018 at the event website

Mark your calendars, follow the PEOPLE project, the EASA Applied Anthropology Network and event page on Facebook for news and updates, and see you in Lisbon!



Why the World Needs Anthropologists: Designing the Future