Wai-o-tapu, Rotorua, Aotearoa NZ

Wai-o-tapu, Rotorua, Aotearoa NZ

What if we refuse to uncouple nature and culture?

What if we deny that human beings are exceptional?

What if we stop speaking and listening only to ourselves?

The More-Than-Human Lab explores everyday entanglements of humans and nonhumans, and imagines more sustainable ways of thinking, making, and doing.

Combining ethnographic and creative research methods, we’re interested in what it might mean to treat more-than-humans as active stakeholders and collaborators in our research. Inspired by Donna Haraway’s call to “stay with the trouble” we immerse ourselves in the messiness of the world, and we work to create new forms of representation and interaction.

You can read about some of our projects, and follow what we’re doing on our blog.

Interested in Masters or PhD study?

Postgraduate research with the More-Than-Human Lab is dedicated to figuring out what comes after human-centred design–and we’re always looking for adventurous colleagues. Student projects have ranged from livestock farming and social media, to stream ecologies and the Internet of Things, to Māori women, plant life, and craft knowledge. Email Anne about your dream project!

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We’re in the world, not against it. It doesn’t work to try to stand outside things and run them, that way. It just doesn’t work, it goes against life. There is a way but you have to follow it. The world is, no matter how we think it ought to be. You have to be with it. You have to let it be.”

― Ursula K Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven