This project assembles the body of transdisciplinary PhD outputs in Design at AHO in the form of compilation based and monograph type theses, supported by institutional, national and international research funding. Specific PhD projects in addition each have their own project page and links to related larger projects and research networks. Read »
Our design research is practice-based and is carried out in close collaboration with business partners, organisations, communities and public concerns. By working with realistic innovation projects together with such partners, we are able to understand contemporary business and organisational problems and move to develop solutions and evaluate their success.
This is generally carried out in multiple iterations, and allows for an evolving dialogue between contextual needs and design solutions. This often requires a flexible, explorative and consultative action-based approach, in which complex problems are investigated and holistic solutions developed. Such an approach demands a process in which theoretical frameworks, empirical fieldwork and case studies evolve simultaneously. This is a typical design-synthesis approach, but is applied within a research framework.