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Edeholt, Håkan


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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Røise, Øivind


Øivind Røise currently holds a position as PhD Research Fellow at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. He is currently studying how professional designers can support innovation processes in he PhD-project [designing innovation]. He is also engaged in the D·side research project that explores how design support interdisciplinary environments in med-tech industries.

Røise has educational background from design, with a Master of Industrial design, from AHO. He is also educated in business management, with a Master of Business and Economics from the Norwegian School of Management, BI.

Røise has previously studied design ability in Norwegian companies that do not have in-house design capacity. Here the scope was to identify to what extent the companies were able to adapt design knowledge and input from design consultancies.  


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