Björn Rust (Gestaltivist)

/bjœrn/ /rʏst/

Post-industrial designer, researcher and creative director, developing human-centred solutions for purpose-driven people.


  1. Post-Industrial Designer
  2. Methodological Naturalist
  3. Creative Director

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 Curriculum Vitae
I explore the future of global development, humanitarian innovation and our environment, focusing on the role of nascent technologies as a catalyst for positive social change. Currently, my research centres on the social impact of distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) in disaster response and development interventions.

In practice, I work with Oxfam Australia on cash transfer programming (CTP) for communities in Vanuatu. I also develop user experiences for Aurecon's emerging contexts and teach at RMIT. There, my students explore design in the context of the Anthropocene, and patient-centredness as part of a research partnership with the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

I am a co-founder of the fledgling social impact design studio Of_Substance and the socially conscious food journal Scrag End.