Chakanetsa Mavhunga

Associate Professor, Science, Technology, and Society
MIT School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Chakanetsa Mavhunga is an Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at MIT.

His work focuses on facilitating trans-hemispheric conversations on design at the intersection of multiple ways of seeing, thinking, knowing, and making; and multi-disciplinary learning through problem-solving with communities, industry, government, and non-profit partners.

The curriculum aspect is the subject of Chakanetsa’s new book, Dare To Invent The Future: Knowledge in the Service of and Through Problem-solving (in press).

“I am inspired by everyday life as a vast site of innovation and design, especially the creative resilience of peoples that experience poverty, systemic racism, and disenfranchisement,”  Chakanetsa said. “I want us to engage them as sustainability thinker-doers, not simply as problems, or people with problems we can solve.”

Chakanetsa is also the author of The Mobile Workshop: The Tsetse Fly and African Knowledge Production (MIT Press, 2018); Transient Workspaces: Technologies of Everyday Innovation in Zimbabwe (MIT Press, 2014); an edited volume entitled What Do Science, Technology, and Innovation Mean from Africa?; and several journal articles.

In joining the MCSC Faculty Steering Committee (FSC), he is excited about the opportunity to shape sustainability at the point of design rather than the effects of unsustainable top-down and technocentric design.

“It is a rare opportunity to assemble academic, community, industry, government, non-profit, and multiple streams of knowing and doing towards sustainable solving,” he said.