Jonathan Ventura is a design anthropologist specialising in social and healthcare design, design research and theories. Currently, Jonathan is the Director of The Unit for History and Philosophy of Art, Design and Technology at Shenkar, and an associate professor at the department of inclusive design at Hadassah Academic College in Jerusalem. He completed his PhD in applied design anthropology in a joint program of the department of sociology and anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the department of industrial design at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. Jonathan continued to complete a post-doctorate in social design at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art in London UK.
Jonathan specialises in applied design anthropology, social design and the meeting points between theory, research, and practice, both in historic and theoretic layers. His latest publications include various articles and papers including 18 entries in the Bloomsbury Design Encyclopaedia and a book on design theories scheduled for publication later in 2022. He is a co-founder of the Social Design Network, incorporating 8 countries in a global effort of advancing social design pedagogy, research and practice.