Viviana Narotzky is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre and Course Tutor on the History of Design MA at the Royal College of Art. She trained and worked as a product and furniture designer in Spain before completing her PhD at the RCA on the consumption and retailing of contemporary design in 1980s Barcelona. Her main interests are the consumption of goods and environments, design and national/local identities and the study of design and material culture in contexts of political transition and globalisation. In particular, she has studied local shifts in collective taste, the evolution in consumption practices, and their relationship to broader socio-political, geographical and economic contexts.

Before joining the RCA Viviana Narotzky taught at Leeds Metropolitan University, and Kingston University, where she was Course Director of the Design History MA. She has been a Visiting Tutor for Design Products in the Critical and Historical Studies Department at the RCA, and a Research Fellow at The Open University, working on GLAADH (Globalising Art, Architecture and Design History), a project that seeks to support cultural diversity in approaches to the subject field across Higher Education in the UK.