Dr Pushpi Bagchi is a visual communication designer and researcher who aims to use design to catalyse social and cultural innovation. She is a post-doctoral research associate in the Data + Design Lab, iterating and developing design-based approaches, toolkits, and methodologies that facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations with partners across the Edinburgh Futures Institute.
Pushpi holds a PhD in Design and an MA in Graphic Design from the University of Edinburgh. She has worked in various roles in the education, creative, and third sector across Sri Lanka, India, and the United Kingdom. Her research explores participatory design, hybridity, pluriversality and transnationalism. She is particularly interested in how the nuances of cultural context create frictions that challenge notions of universality.