Vera Fearns is a designer and researcher who works at the intersection of the arts, environmental humanities, and management. She designs moments and environments that serve as a catalyst for conversations and facilitates experiences and interactions that encourage people to imagine possible and impossible futures. She is currently completing a PhD in Management at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, looking at how tangible future scenarios are contributing to sustainable behaviour and decision-making. In addition, Fearns is the founder of the community platform Speculative Futures Lisbon.
She previously held positions as a Design Futurist at BMW, as a researcher at DJCAD in collaboration with FutureEverything, and as a researcher at the Chair for Sustainable Urbanism of the TU Munich.
Fearns holds a diploma in Design from the Free University of Bolzano; a postgraduate in Literature, Art, and Media from the University of Constance; and she spent some time studying traditional design techniques mixed with new media art at the Faculty of Fine Arts Lisbon, and Public Spaces and Urban Cultures at the TU Vienna.
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