Bianca Elzenbaumer

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellow
Regional Development
Eurac Research
Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

Other Affiliations

since 2005 - co-founder and member of the design research collective Brave New Alps (Rovereto, Italy)

since 2016 - Associate Professor at Leeds Arts University (UK)

since 2017- co-founder and member of La Foresta - Accademia di comunità (Rovereto, Italy)

since 2020 - co-founder and member of the Feral Livelihoods Coaching Collective


2014 - PhD in Design, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
2010 - MA in Communication Art and Design, Royal College of Art, UK
2007 - PgCert in International Peacebuilding and Conflict Mediation, University of Bologna, IT
2006 - BA in Design, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, IT

Research Interests


Participatory design, feminist economic geography, spatial practice, rural-urban connections

My 40-year research plan focuses on supporting and creating community economies and commons in the Italian Alps. To do so, I combine participatory research methods with radical pedagogy, feral approaches to community economies and lots of DIY making and organising.

Together with my partner Fabio Franz and other members of Brave New Alps, I create spaces for making, learning and exchanging and I contribute to practices of commoning and community-building processes, both locally and trans-locally. Currently, I am in the process of co-creating a community academy and establishing an alpine community economies lab at the train station of the valley I live in. I also enjoy engaging with feminist practice and theory, writing, (self)publishing research outputs, foraging to make fizzy drinks, building things with my hands and exploring the woods with my son.