Our research addresses current and emerging practices in design, from perspectives of programmatic and practice-based design research. The primary objective of our research is to develop design as a discipline by extending its existing practices and forming its future foundations.
Hear Danielle Wilde (Professor in Design for Sustainability), Brendon Clark (Associate Professor in Design Anthropology) and Xaviera Sánchez de la Barquera Estrada (PhD student) talk about what design research means to them.
We aim to be at the forefront of addressing how design - its ethics and aesthetics, poetics and politics - can evolve to meet changes and challenges in social, technical and ecological contexts. The research at Umeå Institute of Design is thematically open with respect to the issues and areas of industrial design we engage with.
Key research areas
- Transitioning social practices to more socially and ecologically sustainable futures through design
- Understanding, articulating, and critiquing the role of digitally connected, responsive, and data-intensive things
- Crafting the increasing and evolving presence of artificial intelligence and agency in everyday life
The expanding research environment at UID employs a strong team of researchers crafting practical, theoretical and methodological research contributions to the field of design that aim to shape the discipline for decades to come.
In everything we do at UID - including our research - we seek to put people first, to collaborate with diverse stakeholders and forms of expertise, and to actively engage in ways that make a difference.
We are not so much interested in technological or interactive possibilities for their own sake, but rather in how they come to matter - literally and figuratively. This includes the socioeconomic contexts that enable and shape professional design practices and products, as well as the social and political contexts of design action and its consequences.
PhD students at UID build advanced skills in crafting practical, theoretical and methodological research contributions to the field of design that will shape the discipline for decades to come.
Latest update: 2023-09-18