PhD by Design

PhD by Design 


On Monday the 25th June 2018, PhD By Design held a one-day event prior to the Design Research Society (DRS) 2018 conference at the University of Limerick to vocalise, discuss and work through some of the many issues of conducting a practice-based PhD in Design. The event brought together designers undertaking practice-based doctoral research as well as supervisors to explore the many aspects of knowledge production within and across academic institutions.

Since 2014,  the PhD by Design platform provides a supportive and engaged environment for design research students in which to share experiences, dilemmas, failures and doubts connected to practice-based research in order to strengthen but also push the boundaries of the wider practice-based design research community.



What happened?

The day included ten parallel discussion sessions where every participant presented their work, a series of peer-to-peer workshops and the collective production of the fifth PhD By Design Instant Journal bringing together the learnings of the day. The one day event kick-started conversations which  continued into the DRS2018 conference in the days following, through a programme of activities and workshops in PhD By Design ‘Hub‘ space in the heart of the DRS2018 conference.





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