Coördinatie Social Spaces
Jessica Schoffelen is a researcher and lecturer at LUCA School of Arts and assistant professor New Media and Interaction Design at KULeuven. She is part of the research group Social Spaces that explores the social qualities of design, art, new media and technologies and involves participatory processes. Furthermore, she lectures on Art and Design research methods, open design and documentation and is connected to the master programme Interaction Design at LUCA School of Arts in Genk (BE). In October 2017 she also joined the research group Mintlab, where she explores crossovers and meeting points between social scientific and art and design driven research in the field of HCI.
She is involved in WegenWerken, that focuses on (re-)activating 'slow roads' and on stimulating collaborative city-making with citizens, local organisations and city government. where she investigates how to activate Her PhD (2016) concerned the development of documentation of participatory design projects that aim for long-term participation and self-organisation. Jessica was part of the coordinating team of TRADERS (FP7, Marie Curie Multi-ITN project, 2013-2017) that focused on developing a methodological framework on which art and design researchers can rely when working on public space projects in participatory ways. In the past she coordinated the bridging programme Interaction Design and of the postgraduate programme Social and Participatory Use of New Media at LUCA School of Arts.