Valentina Vezzani studied at Politecnico di Milano, where she achieved a PhD in Design. Currently, since October 2014 she is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Art & Design, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Madeira.
Due to her postdoctoral position at the School of Design of University of Leeds (UK) in 2013, she is involved in different national and international research activities and projects concerning design education, service design, collaborative processes, design for social sustainability and social innovation. In particular, her expertise is in facilitating creative and collaborative design-led processes, bringing together different age, cultural and disciplinary groups.
She is also a co-founder of PACO Design Collaborative, a Design-oriented network of holistic professionals, where she contributes as service designer to educational projects, fosters social innovation, sustainable behaviours and new business opportunities.