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Edeholt, Håkan

Professor

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.

Håkan had an academic sabbatical leave during 2013 in order to establish a platform for research and development together with international colleagues and institutions. The ultimate goal was to develop a new area within design, based on a combination of Design, Development, Innovation and Foresight, that’s primarily targeted towards ‘glocal’ measures to address urgent issues concerning global sustainability and climate change. Especially are contacts in fast growing ‘developing countries’ (or ‘majority world countries’) like e.g. Brazil, India and South Africa prioritised. So far (Jan 2014) have two research applications been filed. The first C-San-Futures is in cooperation with Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) in Cape Town. This application are now funded by both the Norwegian and South African research councils (NFR and RCN respectively). The second one is still under review and we will hopefully have the results in March.

 

However, anyone with further ideas and contacts are more than welcome to communicate them to hakan.edeholt@aho.no. Also see 2-Sustainia below.

 

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Morrison, Andrew

Professor

Andrew Morrison is Director of the Centre for Design Research at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) in Norway and Professor of Interdisciplinary Design at the Institute of Design (IDE). As co-ordinator of research, Andrew takes part in and leads a range of design research projects. These cover Communication Design, dynamic interfaces and social media; RFID, mediation and activity; Service Design and innovation in leadership; electronic arts installation; narrative and mobile media; practice-based research/research by design; online research mediation and design research methods. Andrew also focuses on design writing, fiction and criticism.

He has been central to the ongoing redesign and teaching of the PhD school at AHO. He has supervised a dozen PhD students at AHO and others at the University of Oslo in design, media and education. Andrew is a member of the Research Committee and the Board of AHO. He was paper co-chair for Nordes 09, Engaging Artifacts, 3rd Nordic Design Research Conference (www.nordes.org) and been a board member of the Design research Society. He has published widely in journals, books and online and has a special research interest in online research mediation. He has edited and co-edited several collections of papers and chapters related to design and new media.

Formerly Andrew was an Associate Professor at the University of Oslo at the interdisciplinary research centre InterMedia where he led the Communication Design Group

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Mainsah, Henry

Researcher

I am a media scholar  studying the way young people use social media in their everyday lives. Through ethnographic methods I focus mainly on the way social network technologies are shaping society. I lecture on subjects such as qualitative research methods, youth culture, media theory, and cultural identities. My current research focuses on how social media design can be used to change the way young people participate in civic life.

I received my PhD from the Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo. Buzzwords in my research world include: social media, identity, design, youth, cultural studies, learning, ethnography, race, gender, class, ethnicity.

I am currently the coordinator of the AHO PhD school and a researcher attached to the delTA research project at the Centre for Design Research.

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Snaddon, Bruce

PhD-fellow

Bruce is a Senior Lecturer teaching Communication Design at graduate and under-graduate levels in the Design Department, within the Faculty of Informatics and Design (FID) at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. It is within this environment that he sees his mission to build design curricula that are more awake and relevant to world change. He holds an MPhil in Education (UCT) with research interests in phenomenological approaches to teaching and learning in a design education environment. He represents his faculty in a number of forums that further the aims of design education that is contextual, meaningful and sustainable in the broader community. Bruce worked in the design and advertising industry in Cape Town and the UK for eleven years before pursuing a teaching career in 1995. He chaired the Cape Town Design Network for three years and has served as an active member of the steering committee since 2011. He recently served on the board for the Cape Town World Design Capital 2014 and continues to serve on several boards in academia and the public sector.

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