Mette Agger Eriksen, PhD, Associate Professor, KADK
Eva Brandt, PhD, Professor (MSO), KADK
Pelle Ehn, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Malmö University
Flemming Tvede Hansen, PhD, Assistant Professor, KADK
Sissel Olander, PhD, Assistant Professor, KADK
Johan Redström, PhD, Professor, Rector, Umeå Institute of Design
Anne Louise Bang, Lektor Ph.d., Chef for Forskning og Udvikling, Kolding Designskole
The choice of PhD research approach(es) or methodology largely influences the results and arguments one is able to make. Amongst practice-based research approaches, for the last decades research-through-design (Freyling 1993) has been emphasized and richly elaborated within design research.
It is for example framed as programmatic design research, constructive design research, experimental design research, etc. What overall characterize these approaches is that doing and making – often described and considered as experiments – play a core role in processes of theorizing. During this PhD course we will give an overview of these different perspectives and characteristics - especially in a Scandinavian perspective.
The course is comprised of a two-day symposium (1,5 ECTS) followed by a later two-day seminar (1,5 ECTS). The symposium includes: introduction to different perspectives on and characteristics of research-through-design as a form of practice-based design research organized around lectures and dialogues; examples by prior PhD scholars who applied a research-through-design approach; smaller reflective exercises and a hands-on workshop / meta-experiment to assist the participating doctoral students in elaborating their own approach and position in relation to parts of the course literature.
At the later seminar, in the light of the course focus, the students will in smaller groups present their partial reading of cores of one exemplary PhD dissertation – for us to discuss a repertoire of examples. Additionally, each student will make a theoretically and practically grounded presentation of his/her position in terms of research approach(es) and will give and get verbal individual feedback from staff and one other student.
Preparation prior to the symposium will be rather substantial in terms of reading a compendium of texts. Likewise, for the seminar, as specified above.
2-day symposium: 28 Feb and 1 March 2019
2-day seminar: 9-11 April 2019 (Participating only two of the three days)
Days will be between 9-16 or 9-17.
6-14 participating PhD scholars
Registration deadline and procedure
10 December 2018 by contacting the KADK Research administration: Karen Margrethe Laursen: email@example.com
After signing up for the course, please be prepared to fill out a brief form about the current state of your doctoral study aimed to enable the supervisors to get a sense of your work prior to the course. This will be provided by the course responsible after the registration deadline.