Keynotes & Peer Reviewers


We are pleased to announce confirmation of our main conference Keynote Speakers, (please note, additional speakers to be announced shortly):

Tomas Diez is a Venezuelan Urbanist specialized in digital fabrication and its implications on the future cities and society. He is the co-founder of Fab Lab Barcelona, leads the Fab City Research Laboratory, and is a founding partner of the Fab City Global Initiative. He is the director of the Master in Design for Emergent Futures at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) in Barcelona, where he is faculty in urban design and digital fabrication. Tomas is co-founder of other initiatives such as Smart Citizen (open source tools for citizen engagement), Fab City (locally productive, globally connected cities), (the listing of fab labs in the world), and StudioP52 (art and design space in Barcelona).

Ares Kalandides shares his time between Berlin, Athens and Manchester. He is the co-initiator of the fashion incubator NEMONA in Berlin – a city in which he has contributed to policy development in the creative industries and where he is currently consulting the state government on methods of citizen participation in tourism management. He is Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University and senior fellow and director of the Institute of Place Management. His current research focuses on citizen participation in urban development and the conceptualization of place/space. Current memberships: Scientific Committee of ANAPLASI S.A, the public company responsible for urban renewal in Athens; Board of Directors Eleusis, Cultural Capital of Europe, 2021; Editorial boards of the Journal of Place Management and Development and the Greek journal ΓΕΩΓΡΑΦΙΕΣ/GEOGRAPHIES.


We are pleased to announce that the following distinguished persons have agreed to sit as the conference Peer Review Panel:

Borges, Adelia: Independent writer, researcher and curator on design, based in São Paulo, Brazil.

Bolton, Tim: Vice Principal, Plymouth College of Art, is involved in the area of endangered craft skills. These include traditional crafts in the UK as well as across the globe, particularly in India, Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Cho, Hyeoung: Is an internationally renowned independent curator who has curated a number of pathfinding exhibitions exploring the development of contemporary Korean craft.

Gant, Nick: Co-founder of and Principal Lecturer, the School of Architecture and Design, University of Brighton.

Greenlees, Rosy: Executive Director of the Crafts Council, London, UK, and President of the World Crafts Council.

Hackney, Fiona: Professor Fashion Textiles Theories, AHRC-funded CARE: Co-producing Community-based Assets, Research & Enterprise, University of Wolverhampton.

Harper, Paul: Paul Harper, CraftNet representative for the South West, UK, and freelance researcher and writer on art and craft.

Kettle, Alice: Professor of Textile Arts, Manchester School of Art, The Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

Mundy, Ben: Fab Lab Manager, Plymouth College of Art, Knowledge Exchange Coordinator | ImpactLab - Environmental Futures & Big Data.

Murray, Kevin: Independent writer and curator and managing editor of Garland - the stories behind what we make - see: and Adjunct Professor RMIT University and Research Fellow University of Melbourne, Australia.

Oakley, Peter: Reader in Material Culture at the Royal College of Art, UK.