Andrea Botero Cabrera

Andrea Botero Cabrera

Research Fellow
Department of Design
Research Fellow

My design works explore technologies, services, media formats and genres for collectives and communities. Through my research I aim to understand how collectives come to understand the design spaces available to them and how designers could support more various infrastructuring processes around them. Broadly, my work engages with the possibilities, and contradictions of participating in the creation of environments, tools and media that afford more relational and caring interactions among, and between people and their environment. This I have done multiple domains ranging from everyday life domains to scientific endeavors.

 

I am affiliated with the INUSE research group. Between fall 2019 and spring 2024 I will be working on a new project exploring distributed, collaborative and experimental arrangements for innovation and design otherwise, with generous funding from the Academy of Finland. In addition to that I am involved in setting up the Creatures project, and ambitious H2020 project exploring the role of creative practices in sustainability transitions

 

Teaching:

MUO-E3033 - Strategic Co-Design L, (29.10.2019-04.12.2019)

BACKGROUND

As a practitioner I have worked in design consultancies and multiple R&D projects as user interfase and interaction designer. I do occasional consultancy and service design gigs, mostly through Suo&Co a collective design research studio I convene with 3 other wonderful friends.

 

I have a BA in Industrial Design from Universidad Nacional de Colombia (COL) and an MA in Product and Strategic Design from Aalto ARTS, what was formerly TAIK (FIN). I obtained my Doctor of Arts degree in New Media also from Aalto ARTS. Before returning to Aalto I worked at the department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at the University of Oulu (FIN).

I am also adjunct professor (docent) at the Faculty of of Architecture and Design of Universidad de los Andes, in Bogotá (COL), I collaborate with Fundación Karisma, a Colombian NGO seeking to respond to human rights issues in the context of ‘technology for development’. In my spare time I do design and multigenerational diversity activism through Ninho ry, a Finnish NGO creating a more diverse and plurilingual children's culture in Finland.

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Contact information

Areas of expertise

Collaborative design, Co-design, Social innovation, New media, Design, Interaction design, 6132 Visual arts and design, 520 Other social sciences, Industrial design

Publications

Commoning design and designing commons

Andrea Botero, Sanna Marttila, Giacomo Poderi, Joanna Saad-Sulonen, Anna Seravalli, Maurizio Teli, Frederick Van Amstel 2020 PDC '20 : Proceedings of the 16th Participatory Design Conference

Experimental governance?

Maria Ferreira Litowtschenko, Andrea Botero 2020 Policy Design and Practice

Introduction

Chiara Del Gaudio, Leonardo Parra-Agudelo, Rachel Clarke, Joanna Saad-Sulonen, Andrea Botero, Felipe César Londoño, Paula Escandón 2020 PDC '20: Proceedings of the 16th Participatory Design Conference 2020

Introduction

Chiara Del Gaudio, Leonardo Parra, Shana Agid, Cristhian Parra, Giacomo Poderi, Diana Duque, Liliana Villezcas, Andrea Botero, Felipe César Londono, Paula Escandón 2020 PDC '20 : Proceedings of the 16th Participatory Design Conference

Drawing Together, Infrastructuring and Politics for Participatory Design

Andrea Botero, Helena Karasti, Joanna Saad-Sulonen, Hanne Cecilie Geirbo, Karen S. Baker, Elena Parmiggiani, Sanna-Maria Marttila 2019

Importing Innovation? Culture and Politics of Education in Creative Industries, Case Kenya

Minna Aslama Horowitz, Andrea Botero 2018 Handbook of Communication for Development and Social Change

What does infrastructuring look like in STS? When? Workshop Report

Karen Baker, Andrea Botero , Hanne Cecilie Geirbo, Helena Karasti, Sanna-Maria Marttila, Elena Parmiggiani, Joanna Saad-Sulonen 2018 EASST Review

Editorial

Andrea Botero, Chiara Del Gaudio, Alfredo Gutierrez Borrero 2018 Strategic Design Research Journal

Towards a polylocal polylogue on designs and autonomías - an intro

Andrea Botero, Chiara Del Gaudio, Alfredo Gutiérrez Borrero 2018 Strategic Design Research Journal