Design for Behaviour Change









Metadesigning Design Research: How can designers collaboratively grow a research platform? 

Mathilda Tham, Anna-Karin Arvidsson, Mikael Blomqvist, Susanne Bonja, Sara Hyltén-Cavallius, Lena Håkansson, Miguel Salinas, Marie Sterte, Ola Ståhl, Tobias Svensén, Ole Victor 

Linnaeus University, Sweden (11)

Keywords: sustainability; metadesign; research environment; co-creative processes


‘How can we design a meaningful and relevant research platform that will support futures of sustainability?’ was the question guiding the two-and-a-half-year- long, co-creative and emergent metadesign process of establishing a new research platform at the Department of Design, Linnaeus University, Sweden. The meta focus on developing a whole research environment, as a design practice and design research endeavour, should be valuable for the design research community. Findings concern the viability of co-creative approaches in such a remit, negotiations of artistic/scientific research conventions, and the design institution’s position in the multi-disciplined university. The research has identified tensions and conflicts between the academic institution and construct, and the application of ontologies, epistemologies and methodologies deemed auspicious for sustainability endeavours. The paper itself is a collaborative effort between eleven of the researchers involved in developing the research platform. 

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Cite this paper: Tham, M., Arvidsson, A.K., Blomqvist, M., Bonja, S., Hyltén-Cavallius, S., Håkansson, L., Salinas, M., Sterte, M., Ståhl, O., Svensén, T., Victor, O. (2016). Metadesigning Design Research: How can designers collaboratively grow a research platform? Proceedings of DRS 2016, Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference. Brighton, UK, 27–30 June 2016.

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