Organisers of the PhD Summer School


Henry Larsen
I am Professor in Participatory Innovation at SDU Design, University of Southern Denmark. My research is focusing on the interaction of people with different intentions and backgrounds as I understand the social interaction as transforming the situation as well identities of the involved. Before working at the university I have a background as organizational consultant, using improvisational theatre methods as a way to engage with processes of change and the negotiation of meaning that emerge in these interactions. Theatre improvisation is also a key method in my research.
My role in the Summer School will primarily be in the track 2: “Improvised Theatre in Social Design”

 

 

 

Preben Friis
I am part of Theatre Lab at SDU Design, University of Southern Denmark. My background is in theatre as actor and director and for 20 years I have also used those skills in business consulting – until I joined the university 3 years ago. I have done a MA by Research connecting theatre improvisation with complexity management. One of my main interests in the university is to develop theatre ways of working in research projects. And in most research projects social interaction between people is playing an important role and is therefor a natural ground for theatrical exploration. The links between design and theatre is another interesting area to develop.
My role in the Summer School will primarily be in the track 2: “Improvised Theatre in Social Design”

 

 

 

Jacob Buur
I am professor of User-Centered Design at University of Southern Denmark, and research director of the SDU Design Research Centre in Kolding. Before joining the university, I was manager of the user-centred design group at Danfoss A/S for 10 years. My background is a MSc in Engineering and a PhD in Design Methods at the Technical University of Denmark. My first encounter with theatre in design was in the mid-90’s when our UCD group at Danfoss invited two drama interns to work with us and use theatre to study how refrigeration mechanics work, and how they might use new digital tools. We were mighty inspired by scenario acting at Royal College of Art and IDEO, and this was a real eye-opener. Later, when we started collaborating with Dacapo, I learned about Forum Theatre, a very different form of acting. And lately I’ve enjoyed experiments with Object Theatre in Design. I must admit, I don’t actually act much myself, but I have many years of experience with video recording and analysing theatre in design.
You will probably see me doing many things in the Summer School but I will be primarily working in the track 1: “Object theatre in Interaction Design”

 

Merja Ryöppy
I am actor part of Theatre Lab in SDU Design Research at the University of Southern Denmark. In my work I engage students and researchers to work with participatory theatre methods in the field of design and participatory innovation. In my work I am able to draw from the expertise I have from two very different fields as I hold a M.Sc. (tech) from Tampere University of Technology as well as a B.A. in applied theatre. I have noticed that designer’s work requires skills to create new designs together with multiple users and other stakeholders, and I believe that improvisation theatre and forum theatre offer ways to explore what goes on between people in design processes. Theatre can be also used as a way to understand interaction between people and products, in which case scenario acting, bodystorming and object theatre provides techniques to create new designs through bodily interaction. It is also great fun!
In the Summer School I will be primarily working in the track 1: “Object theatre in Interaction Design”

 

 

Thomas Markussen
I am Associate Professor of Social Design at the University of Southern Denmark. In my research and work, I am interested in how design and art practices may be used to re-distribute power and authority so that marginalized groups in our society can be empowered to have a say in processes of societal change. In particular, I have found design activism and participatory art practices valuable in terms of developing new methods apt for researching the nature of inter-personal relations in Danish prisons, hospitals and urban space. By arranging this NORDES PhD summer school I expect, among other things, that we will get a better understanding of how social design can benefit from various forms of theatre. Previously, being the head of PhD Education at Kolding School of Design, I have been involved in establishing a doctoral program offering PhD courses on research through design methodologies.
My role in the Summer School will primarily be in running the final days of the PhD course.

 

Mette Gislev Kjærsgaard
I am Associate professor of Design anthropology at SDU design, University of Southern Denmark, and co-organizer of the Research Network for Design Anthropology and co editor of the book Design Anthropological Futures (Bloomsbury Academic 2016). I have worked with combinations of design and anthropology in industrial companies such as Danfoss and Grundfoss as well as academic contexts for more than fifteen years. My research focuses on relations between anthropology and design at the intersection between the social and the material, the actual and the potential, observation and intervention, production and use. I am particularly interested in how people use objects in their daily practice and create futures through material artefacts, and how can one analyse this with approaches from design anthropology.
My role in the Summer School will primarily be in running the final days of the PhD course.

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