Civil Society, Social Groups and Communities
Philippa Mullins is a researcher at the London School of Economics. Her PhD looks at civil society activity around disability in present-day Russia. She holds an MSc with Distinction in Social Policy (Research) from the LSE and a BA in Modern Languages (French and Russian) from the University of Oxford. She has previously worked as a researcher at the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, Policy Lab at the UK Cabinet Office, and in various NGOs based primarily in Russia and the UK. This is the second year that she will be teaching with Prowibo, having taught the course on civil society at the African Rural University in Uganda in 2017. Philippa is also an avid fencer currently on the Great Britain Senior Women‘s Fencing team. She will be teaching a course titled “Understanding Civil Society” at Karamat Girl’s P.G. College in August 2018.
The course aims at introducing students to critical discussions around civil society and teaching them to assess its role and potential strengths and weaknesses in various contexts. Students will improve their ability to use academic literature by learning to relate theoretical material to concrete examples from their own knowledge and experience. They will strengthen communication and presentation skills and individual confidence by working in groups, taking part in simulations, and debating civil society’s various opportunities and difficulties.
Raise Your Voice
Suzanne Stein is a Foresight Analyst, Mentor, and Educator. Currently, appointed Lab Director of DMRII’s Super Ordinary, which focusses on new technologies and research methods. She is a member of OCAD U’s Digital Futures Office and the Strategic Foresight & Innovation graduate program. Stein has been an adjunct Faculty at AHO (Norway), the CFC (Canada), and the Unfinished Business School (virtual).
She comes to OCAD University from SMARTlab in the UK where she was Deputy Director and Principal Research Fellow in Technology Futures. She was formerly a member of Nokia’s Insight & Foresight group, which studied emerging trends and identified new business opportunities created by disruptive technological and market developments.
Previously at Sapient Corporation, a business and technology consultancy, Suzanne was the Discipline Lead for the Experience Modeling (XMod) group in London, where she created and managed this group of diverse social scientists. She was also a Director in the User Experience Group, overseeing Creative development and articulation as well as the Research offerings. Prior to this, she was the Director of Insights and Director of Project Management at Xcorporation, a communications and design firm. Suzanne is a PhD candidate at the London School of Economics and founder of the research company, Everyday Life. She was also the Canadian juror for the UN Task force, the World Summit Awards and has held Mentorship positions with the Interactive Project Lab and various advisory boards.