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Markus Wernli’s practice, research, and teaching focus on human-nature relatedness by exploring the development of more regenerative, ecologically entangled ways of living and designing. His ongoing research draws connections between our food systems and practices, and social, cultural and local ecosystems; and considers how to forge better connections between what we breathe, eat, expel, wear, and, grow. Much of Markus’ research might be considered participatory citizen science, or social citizen-design experiments that can be gathered under the umbrella of Participatory Research through Design. He specializes in contextually applied and critical research-through-design, bringing focus to the social and ecological impact of body-technology pairings and human-biosphere interactions. Markus currently works as Research Assistant Professor with School of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Prior to that he held appointments at College of Asia and the Pacific at Australian National University in Canberra, and Zokei University of Art and Design in Kyoto and the Multimedia Studies Program at San Francisco State University.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Social Design, PhD, Anthroponix Collective Urine Upcycling, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

1 Feb 20151 Jan 2020

Award Date: 1 Mar 2020


  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • S Agriculture (General)


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  • Co-design of the pluriversal Commons Model Canvas

    Wernli, M. & Sacks, J., 19 Aug 2022, Exploratory Papers, Workshops, Places, Situated Actions and Doctoral Colloquium. Vlachokyriakos, V., Yee, J., Frauenberger, C., Hurtado, M. D., Hansen, N., Strohmayer, A., Van Zyl, I., Dearden, A., Talhouk, R., Gatehouse, C., Leishman, D., Agid, S., Sciannamblo, M., Taylor, J., Botero, A., Del Gaudio, C., Akama, Y., Clarke, R. & Vines, J. (eds.). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), p. 227–230 4 p. (ACM International Conference Proceeding Series; vol. 2).

    Research output: Chapter in book / Conference proceedingConference article published in proceeding or bookAcademic researchpeer-review

    Open Access
  • Design Commons: Practices, Processes and Crossovers

    Bruyns, G., Kousoulas, S. (ed.), Pllumbi, D., Reitano, M., Gartner, N., Zheng, C., Elkin, D. K., Leung, C. Y., Wang, X. L., Bauer, F., Sehested Skafte, L., van der Merwe, G., Frayne, N., Wernli, M., Medici, P., Psarologaki, L., Zografos, S., Karadima, D., Moebus, K., Vass, L., & 2 othersCloutier, R. & Sylvia, N., 15 May 2022, Springer Cham. 288 p. (Design Research Foundation)

    Research output: Authored / edited bookEdited book (as editor)Academic researchpeer-review

  • Intriguing Human-Waste Commons: Praxis of Anticipation in Urban Agroecological Transitions

    Wernli, M., 18 May 2022, Design Commons: Practices, Processes and Crossovers. Bruyns, G. & Stavros, S. (eds.). Design Research Foundations ed. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Cham, p. 161-182 21 p.

    Research output: Chapter in book / Conference proceedingChapter in an edited book (as author)Academic researchpeer-review

  • Our Own Metaphor: Tomorrow is Not for Sale

    Wernli, M., Boyer, B., Koria, M. & Santamaria, L., 19 Jan 2022, In: World Futures. 78, 8, p. 524-532 9 p.

    Research output: Journal article publicationJournal articleAcademic researchpeer-review

    Open Access
  • ANTHROPONIX: Upcycling Urine as Collective Design Practice

    Wernli, M., 31 May 2021, NERD 2 – New Experimental Research in Design 2. Erlhoff, M., Jonas, W. & Christensen, M. (eds.). Basel: Birkhauser Verlag Basel, Vol. 2021. p. 173 185 p.

    Research output: Chapter in book / Conference proceedingConference article published in proceeding or bookAcademic researchpeer-review

    Open Access