PhD Opportunities

The Institute for Design Innovation regularly offers a range of PhD studentships. We invite well formulated proposals in the focal areas below and also welcome explorative proposals with novel methodologies and research approaches on topics which investigate the grey areas of design research that have received scant attention to date but represent potentially valuable avenues of investigation.

Design Value

We invite research proposals that examine the value creation perspectives in and through the application of design (thinking) into product, service and business development contexts involving users, organizations, ecosystems and society at large. Our aim is to further develop the current understanding of design as a value creating tool and approach in business, social innovation and society at large.

It is expected that candidates are interested in how to create new products, services and business models that add tangible value (understood in a wide way) through the application of design approaches, tools and thinking. Successful candidates are expected to have completed relevant studies in Design, Innovation Studies, Management, Business Studies, Social and Cultural Studies, Technology Management or similar.

Design Meaning

In this area we invite research proposals that have a focus on design – driven innovation exploring meaning making practices and materiality-related perspectives in multiple contexts and environments. The concerned is with the role and impact that design and designers may have as cultural intermediaries.

It is expected that candidates will be interested in researching the ways cultural meanings are inscribed in the products and services that designers as well as exploring the ways products and services are used everyday life. The aim is to better understand material effects of design practices. Successful candidates are expected to have completed relevant studies in Design, Innovation Studies, Management, Social and Cultural Studies, Anthropology or similar.

Designing Delivery

We invite proposals that examine policy and service design and the role of design and designers in public services, sustainable product service systems, social enterprise and services, and the circular economy.

It is expected that candidates are interested in research on service design methodologies and its integration with citizen engagement, social innovation, systems thinking and organizational change. Successful candidates are expected to have completed relevant studies in Service Design, Sustainable Design, Service Innovation and Management, Systems Studies, Social and Political Studies and similar.

Design Practice

In this research area we invite proposals for two lines of enquiry:

Collaborative Design Practices

We invite proposals that have a focus on shifting trends in organising design, and the related emergence of globally networked organisations, provide the context for this research project. The key aim of the project is to explore the challenges and opportunities arising from distributed cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary teams in terms of the product development process and its outcomes.

...'working globally and in partnership (both remotely and face to face) with overseas designers and suppliers will require language and communication skills that go way beyond current needs, while designing in, and for, different cultures and contexts will stretch designers' abilities and methodologies to the limits.'

Creative and Collaborative Teamwork

We invite proposals that have a focus on creative and collaborative teamwork and developing an enhanced understanding of teams. We currently examine cognitive capacities and mechanisms in team knowledge processing, and our aim is to further develop our understanding on how teams integrate knowledge, and how this integration effects team performance outcomes.

It is expected that are candidates are interested in research on creative and collaborative teamwork and team knowledge integration.

Successful candidates are expected to have completed relevant studies in the field of Social Psychology, Management, Organizational Behaviour, or a related field, have an interest in applying their knowledge to the design context, demonstrate excellent academic performance, and be experienced in applying different research methods (e.g. you have attended methodological courses, or obtained a research master degree).

Applications for PhD studentships are currently closed. To discuss your project idea further, or to hear about current research, please contact Professor Mikko Koria with a brief description of your proposal or research interests.


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