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Håkan Edeholt




Håkan Edeholt holds since 2008 a tenure position as Professor (PhD) in design at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (www.aho.no), in Norway.

Håkan’s professional experience includes: industrial-design consultancy at commercial research labs. Most notably are Ericson’s User Application Lab, Sweden and Fuji Xerox Palo Alto Lab, Silicon Valley, USA. He has six years of overseas professional experience (Germany, Kenya, South Africa and USA), with app. four of these years at the African continent. Before the current position, he held an associate professorship at Malmö University in Sweden where he among other things established a new kind of design education built on the idea to bridge the physical and virtual divide manifested by industrial- and interaction design. His PhD – “Design, Innovation and other Paradoxes” – was completed 2004.

Since 2013 the work primarily focusses on a new area within design, based on a combination of Design, Development, Radical Change and Foresight, that’s primarily targeted towards ‘glocal’ measures to address urgent issues concerning long term global sustainability and climate change. The work is today expressed through a lean global network coined designBRICS+, where especially contacts in fast growing ‘developing countries’ (or ‘majority world countries’) like e.g. Brazil, India and South Africa are prioritised.


However, from wherever, any relevant ideas and contacts can be communicated to hakan.edeholt@aho.no.



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Publications (15)

Conference paper

Global Participatory Design

This paper not only reflects on the crucial feature of global connectedness when it comes to addressing Climate Change in an effective way. It also reflects on the just as important feature of connectedness to future generations. Arguably, these two features could be at odds with, or at least be a challenge for, the most typical and espoused features of Participatory Design (PD); i.e... Read »


Conference paper

Research design and the professional model

This paper is an intermediate report from a research project at the Center for Profession Studies, Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, Malmö University, Sweden. The title of the project is “Design Articulations: when well-articulated notions and unarticulated self images meet” (DA). The project is funded by the Swedish Research Council... Read »



Design, Innovation and other Paradoxes

Based on what I call »designerly theorization« the dissertation tries to go beyond the divide between theoretical versus practical approaches and inside versus outside perspectives. Designerly theorization is here an approach that raises theoretical issues concerning »innovative design«... Read »

Posts written by Håkan (6)

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    Towards Sustainable Design Development

    This research seminar primarily explores radical approaches to pressing matters of climate change, the transformative potential of design and new strategies for making and research. As a continuation of discussions held at different events and projects, design scholars have for a while been talking about the urgent need to widely advocate a more general approach and critical approach to Sustainable Design. This seminar takes this up directly.  

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    Design and climate change

    The underpinning rationale of the C-SAN Futures project is that we believe that social, political, economic and global concerns today tend to be more of a real bottleneck than pure individual and technical solutions.

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    C-SAN Futures receives funding

    Under our Sustainia theme we have now received funding from both our Norwegian Research Council (RCN) and the South African National Research Foundation (NFR). Our partners in South Africa, Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), also happens to be situated in this years World Capital of Design, Cape Town. Something we in the project hope to utilise as much as we can.

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    Pedagogical seminar

    The DDDE project organizes a pedagogical seminar among the department’s members, in order to enable an open discussion about how to develop their own profession as teachers and/or tutors for their design students. Something that DDDE will support both their work directly and their course plan work during the coming spring semester. DDDE project hopes to develop this to a mini-series of a few seminars that blend internal work with experiences from other design schools and external resources for (e.g.) pedagogical institutions at UiO, HiOA and elsewhere.

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