Dr. Joanna Boehnert is a designer researcher with expertise on the visual communication of the environment and the design, practice and politics of ecological transitions. Her first book Design/ Ecology/ Politics: Toward the Ecocene will be published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2017. She is a Research Fellow in Graphic Design at CREAM (Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media) at the University of Westminster in London. After completing her AHRC funded PhD at the University of Brighton in 2012 she moved to Colorado where she worked as the first designer to be hired as a CIRES Visiting Research Fellow by the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. During this time she developed a ‘Mapping Climate Communication’ practice based research project using a discourse mapping method. Boehnert is the founder of EcoLabs, a studio fostering ecological literacy with design methods and resources. She has a history of working with activist groups (she co-founded Transition Town Brixton in 2007 and has worked with dozens of activist groups such as Climate Camp and Squash, the anti-criminalisation of squatting campaign) integrating design and activist tools and strategies to facilitate social change.