Karin Fink co-leads the MA Eco-Social Design.
Karin is a geographer and relational designer. She has 15 years of experience working at the science-policy interface, with a focus on system analysis, strategic foresight and communication. During the last four years, her interest shifted towards community building processes to engage with civil society and changemakers. She explores how collaboration between diverse (scientific) disciplines, combined with traditional and tacit knowledge as well as craftsmanship may help us to innovate and create sustainable lifestyles within the limits of our planet. Her research interests are in the field of sustainability transitions, participatory processes and future studies.
Currently, she is also working as a scientific advisor at the Federal Office for the Environment FOEN. She works as a project leader for the Swiss State of the Environment Report, published by the Federal Council addressing the Swiss Parliament. She is a delegate to European and global environmental networks (National Reference at European Environment Agency, Advisory Board Member for UNEP GRID Geneva).
Karin curates various community-based projects at the intersection of art & natural science, between the digital & the analog space and where teaching & learning interweave. For example Ambient Radio - a collaborative learning project exploring the natural world through sound consisting of a series of podcasts, newsletters and social media feeds. This project was featured at the Sonohr festival 2022, Bern, Switzerland. In 2021, her book “The Anthroponaut's Wordbook. Art, science and a vital Anthropocene" was published by postmedia books, Milan, Italy.
Karin Fink joined HSLU as a lecturer in March 2022.