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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.


2-Sustaynia|AHO Doctorates in Design|Artefacts from Pluriverse: Design for long term sustainable futures|C-SAN Futures|DDDE (Designerly Designed Design Education)|designBRICS – A global design network addressing climate change|Designing Innovation|Dside|FUEL4DESIGN|METODA|NORDES 2017|SUSTAINIA|Transformative Speculation of Life Forms and Styles – An Ecological Design Approach in the Context of Climate Change

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 »