Merle Ibach researches, publishes, and teaches in the field of design culture. She is a junior researcher on the SNSF-funded project “Commons in Design” at the Academy of Art and Design Basel, and is a PhD candidate in the doctoral research group “Digital Media / Knowledge Cultures” at Leuphana University Lüneburg. She was a research assistant in the artistic research project "Shift Register" at the Critical Media Lab in Basel, was a researcher in residence at the Critical Maker Laboratory at TU/UdK Berlin, and visiting researcher at the Center for Invention and Social Process (CISP) at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Her PhD research focuses on rural maker communities, and explores how eco-social crises are negotiated in and through DIY making. This work is published in the field of design culture with a recent chapter in the Critical Makers Reader (Institute of Network Cultures, 2020), NERD 2 (Board of International Research in Design, 2021), and the Design&Culture Journal (coming soon).

Merle has a multi-disciplinary background that spans from media theory to experimental typography and integrative design. She has led workshops at Cité des Arts Paris, Transmediale Berlin, Art Electronica in Linz, the Offspace Kurant in Tromsø, and she was artist in residence at the Biological Fieldstation in Kilpisjärvi, Finland. Her combination of empirical studies, fieldwork, autoethnographic investigations, and participatory workshops bring different methodological approaches to broadens the understanding of human and non-human entanglements.