Education has a key role to play in the development of the creative capacities of any person. For this reason, Santamarina tries to work with all types of groups to promote their capacity for reflection and their imagination, through both her creative work, as well as her active participation in public and private universities, as her collaboration with institutions and cultural non-profit and profit-organizations. Her goal is to encourage the creativity and the critical thinking in her environment, promoting the following values: perseverance, flexibility and commitment.
Andrea Santamarina is an Associate Professor of Product Design at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM, Madrid) and Production, Design, Scenography of Acts and Events at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC, Madrid). She started teaching at Istituto Europeo di Design Madrid (IED, Madrid) in 2011 and she actually the responsible of the Food Lab at IED Innovation Lab and the director of the Food Cultural Lab of Instituto de empresa (IE, Madrid). She also collaborates with other institution and she has been giving lecture as Royal College of Arts (RCA, London), Basque Culinary Center (BCC, San Sebastián), Facultad de Comunicación (FCOM, Seville), UNAM (México, DF) or Pontificia Università della Santa Croce (PUSC, Rome).
Her interest in different artistic contaminations between design, art and gastronomy, have led her to pursue doctoral studies in the Department of Communication Studies at the Faculty of Communication and Media Studies (UCM, Madrid). She is part of Museum Research Team I+D+C Laboratory of Digital Culture and Museology Hypermedia. She was Responsible for the NGO Movement for Peace-Euskadi Delegation too, where she developed an Educational Program for Peace through Art. Since 2013 she has been collaborating with this organization. Previously, she worked as senior project manager at Empty (Madrid) and Radio Television Hong Kong in collaboration with The Hong Kong Design Center (China).