Due to the coronavirus outbreak in Europe, we have unfortunately decided to cancel the SSEDR 2020. Looking forward to meeting you in 2021. 


All the best, 


Lucienne, Christian, Gaetano and Daniela




Week 1:

- Introduction of participants through pre­sen­ta­tion of their projects.

- The nature of de­sign and de­sign re­search.

- Con­cepts, models and schools of de­sign and de­sign­ing.

- The nature and use of theo­­ries in de­­­sign and design research.

- Design Research Meth­od­ol­o­gy (DRM) and ex­amples of its use.

- Task clarification phase:

- De­fin­ing aim, context, phe­nome­non of own project;

    - how to find the research gap;

    - formulation of re­search questions/hy­po­the­ses for own pro­ject;

    - estab­lish­ing refer­ence mod­els;

    - iden­tifying areas of re­le­vance and fitting in own con­­tri­­bu­tion.

- Re­search ty­pes and placing own project into the research type matrix. Systematic lite­ra­ture review.


Week 2:

- First descriptive phase of de­sign research:

    - Data col­lec­tion & ana­ly­­sis, interpreta­tion, drawing con­clu­sions.

    - Re­lating data collection methods to research ques­tions/hypotheses

- Prescriptive phase of design re­search:

    - How to de­vel­op knowl­edge, meth­ods, models, tools.

    - Vi­sua­li­sing main research ob­ject(s) of own pro­ject.

- Eval­ua­ting own re­­search re­sults (second descriptive phase).

    - Iterative development of the support.

- How to write a the­sis or other pub­li­ca­­tions.

- Reviewing articles.

- Poster session and feedback on posters.

- Your future life after the PhD.


All issues are treated using a mix of lectures, dis­cus­sions, exercises (applied to own project) and pre­sen­­ta­tions of results. Results of discussions and ex­er­cises are minuted and distributed to all parti­ci­pants (via Dropbox).