Fiona Hovenden

Adjunct Faculty
MA Faculty

Fiona Hovenden, Ph.D. is an ethnographer, psychotherapist, and educator. Her work focuses on the power of the social imaginary, and the dynamics of change. She is interested in the ways in which beliefs about possibility are influenced by current and historical conditions, personal values, and cultural norms, and how these shape a sense of agency. Her theoretical and practical work addresses the ways that art can catalyze change and action. 

Fiona is co-founder of social innovation consultancy Collective Invention (CI). The company was founded in 2005 to address challenges in the areas of education, sustainable living, and local economies. 


  • Ph.D. Computer Science/Ethnography, Brunel University, UK, 1996
  • MA Counseling Psychology, JFK University, USA, 2005
  • MS Artificial Intelligence, Kingston University, UK, 1989
  • BA Philosophy, University College, London University, UK, 1986