Merle is a junior researcher at the Institute Integrative Design and an associated researcher at the Critical Media Lab. She works, researches, publishes and teaches in the field of Design Culture. Her research practice is shaped by a multi-disciplinary academic background that spans from media theory to experimental typography and integrative design. Since 2019, she is part of the SNSF-funded project Commons in Design and a PhD-candidate at the doctoral research group Digital Media / Knowledge Cultures at Leuphana University Lüneburg. In her doctoral thesis, she focuses on the maker culture, specifically its approaches towards an eco-social transformation and how practices of making relate to design.