Dr. Rafael Dernbach is a researcher and writer concerned with the social and medial constructions of futures. He designs research projects, consults organizations, and conceives conferences, workshops and exhibitions. Currently, he acts as Director of Emerging Narratives at fischerAppelt advisors. Previously, he was a research associate for Futurium, House of Futures in Berlin. As a Gates Scholar, he received his doctorate on anticipatory realism in post-cinematic art at the University of Cambridge in 2018. He has held visiting researcher positions at Princeton University and the Freie Universität in Berlin. He has also taught media theory and design theory as a lecturer at Humboldt Universität Berlin, Universität der Künste Berlin and the Smart City Programme at Macromedia Berlin.
At the Käthe Hamburger Centre for Apocalyptic and Post-apocalyptic Studies, he is conducting research on post-apocalyptic narratives in contemporary design and artistic practices.