Holly Robbins is a PhD candidate of Industrial Design at Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands). She works at the intersection of social sciences, humanities, and design. She engages with research topics that are rooted in the humanities and philosophy of technology, but approaches these with a combination of research through design and design anthropology.
Holly's work specializes in shaping the role that connected and data-intensive technologies (IoT) have in our lives, and how to frame them as ethical, transparent, and responsible technologies. She collaborates closely with students, professional designers, and companies to explore and to put abstract conceptual concepts into practice. She, along with a collection of professional designers founded the Just Things Foundation, to promote ethically responsible design of technologies.
Prior to starting her PhD, she completed her master’s at New York University’s department of Media, Culture, and Communication with a specialization in human computer interaction (NY, USA). While at NYU, Holly worked at the Game Innovation Lab. Her bachelor’s is in anthropology and politics and was completed at Sarah Lawrence College (NY, USA). Holly has also worked as a political analyst for an Arab embassy in Washington D.C. and trained as a classical musician.