Annelies Vaneycken is currently conducting a PhD in Design (2014-18) at HDK Academy of Design and Crafts at the University of Gothenburg. As Office for Public Play, her practice based research project explores the role of (role) play in reconfiguring participatory design towards designing for children’s critical consciousness and emancipation. It is part of the TRADERS project, focusing on 'Training Art and Design Researchers in Participation for Public Space'.
Annelies maintains a self-initiated design practice in which she designs for intervening with alternative narratives that aim to question conventional perspectives and attitudes towards marginalised groups in society; e.g. Expedition Francka (2008), Beautiful Dirt (2009), Erasing Intimacy (2010), Réporter sem beiras (2011) and The Regenerators (2012) and The Return of O. (2013).
Due to her PhD study she has temporary pauzed her studio in visual communication design Trans-ID and publishing house Pigeon Paper. She regularly escapes to new destinations — from Brussels via Milan, Amsterdam and Turin to her current base in Gothenburg. Shorter travels include Albania, Brazil, Georgia, India, Armenia, Lebanon and Ukraine.