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Ali Asadi
Ali is a part of the human-robot interaction laboratory at the Department of Design and Communication. In his PhD project, he investigates the effects of activity and recipient design in robots for the purpose of engaging communication partners. He also examines the role of social and telepresence robots in facilitating everyday interactions, intercultural communication, and second language learning. Moreover, he aims to explore emotionality in robots’ communicative capabilities and its effects on the engagement and attitude of their human interlocutors.
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Anne Merete Lyngroes Fladmose
The project examines the interlink between organizational development, storytelling and sense-making. More specifically it explores organizational narratives in relation to organizational development in a qualitative single-case study.
The case study is the transformation process of University of Southern Denmark (SDU) towards becoming a sustainable university with UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) as the primary organizational strategy. The narratives are ethnographically explored through interviews, observation and field study of the material culture.   
Keywords: organizational change, organizational development, organizational culture, change process, sense-making, communication, storytelling, narratives, neo institutionalism, sustainable leadership.  
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Ayse Ozge Agca
Ozge received her BSc and MSc in Industrial Product Design from Gazi University in Turkey. In her master’s degree, she focused on the relationship between Nomadic people’s material culture and lifestyles and the effects of industrial developments on them. In 2018, she got the scholarship from Turkish Ministry of Education and in 2021, she started her Ph.D. education in the University of Southern Denmark. Her research area is about young people’s personal energy consumption and self-tracking methods of where, when, and how young people use energy resources. She examines the role of the designer in this process and which data collection and physicalization methods trigger creative solutions to personally consumed energy resources and self-healing processes.
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Birthe Menke
Birthe’s project aims to build an understanding of how tourism practitioners make sense of and work with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the context of their everyday practice. It is an exploration of the space between formal sustainable development strategy and local tourism practice where nuances and interpretations of the SDGs unfold in ways that tourism practitioners locally identify with.
Adopting a Research-through-Design approach grounded in a collaborative tourism design (tourism co-design) methodology, this project engages different ways of being, knowing, and doing in tourism in order to identify latent potentials and create opportunities for sustainable tourism development.
Keywords: Sustainable Tourism Development, Tourism Co-design, Tourism Practice, Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs Contextualization, Sense-making
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Inger-Marie Falgren Christensen
In her PhD project, Inger-Marie adopts and develops a democratic approach to design-based research (DBR) in HE. The focus of the project is the theory-driven design of interventions in close collaboration with practitioners. The study investigates how to integrate computational thinking (CT) with computational things in the context of two case studies involving teachers and students from Media Studies and Philosophy at the University of Southern Denmark.
The theoretical framework consists of CT, computational things, situated and embodied learning and design for learning. The interventions designed consist of The Media Systems Game and idea generations tools that support students in decomposing core models and provide students with tangible representations of abstract subject concepts. Furthermore, the game and tools require students to engage in logical thinking and in working algorithmically; the idea is that students learn through CT.
The first iteration of the interventions was carried out in spring 2021, and the data collected will be used to change and improve the interventions before the next iteration in spring 2022.
The study is part of the project Designing for situated computational thinking with computational things which is funded by IRFD.
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Jessica Sorensen
Jessica’s PhD research project centers on the theoretical concepts of collaborative learning and phronesis. Using a using a mixed-methods and grounded theory approach, Jessica will study ethical decision-making in interdisciplinary design collaborations among ethnographers and engineers.
The three-year project will include a period of ethnographic fieldwork among ethnographer-engineer collaborators, followed by a qualitative survey and expert interviews.
Working from sociomaterial and social ethics perspectives, she aims to analyze the negotiation of cultural values and situated knowledge as processes of collaborative learning, and to describe the social arrangements key to effective phronetic decision-making.
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Kristian Møhler Sørensen
Kristian is conducting his dissertation within Library and Information Science. His project examines how the awareness and knowledge of library values can support the strategical development of library activities and library evaluation. An essential step in his project is to establish a reliable and robust foundation of how critical stakeholders understand library value and how values appear at libraries.
Consequently, such knowledge will take us closer to understanding how library values can act as valuable assets to public library institutions. 
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Kristian Roland Larsen
Kristian undersøger i sit ph.d. projekt, hvordan dansk møbeldesign i et historisk perspektiv er medieret i reklamer, udstillinger og salgsmesser.
Han er uddannet cand. mag i Designstudier og har haft forskellige studiejobs på Kunstmuseet Trapholt og SDU. Derudover har Kristian en auktionsuddannelse fra Bruun Rasmussens Kunstauktioner, hvor han beskæftigede sig i afdelingen for moderne kunst og design.
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Rosalyn Melissa Langedijk
Rosalyn received her Master’s degree in Business Communication and Communication Design from the University of Southern Denmark. In her Ph.D., she investigates persuasive dialog design in human-robot interaction and factors influencing persuasiveness in communication in general. Through controlled experiments and ethnographic field work she investigates different aspects of human-robot interaction, user engagement, and dialog design.
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Safinaz Büyükgüzel 
Safinaz has an MA and a Ph.D in French Language Teaching where she investigated avoidance strategies in political news interviews from a conversation analytic perspective. Currently, she is a PhD fellow at the Department of Design and Communication at the University of Southern Denmark. She is conducting a research project on micro-organisation of collaborative encounters in innovative workspaces under the supervision of Johannes Wagner.
Her research draws on Conversation Analysis and Ethnomethodology and aims to unpack how the professional, interactional, material, and spatial settings of the workplace contribute to the innovation process, creativity, and eventually to the production of new technologies in high tech software companies.
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Susanne Bruhn
My research project Between art and mass production - Axel Salto and the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory examines the artist’s role and the collaboration with the company during the 1950s. I explore mainly the media discourse and the visual mediations of this partnership and the interlink between branding, sales promotion and strategic marketing campaigns in connection with international exhibitions such as Triennale di Milano, Design in Scandinavia, 1954-57, and The Arts of Denmark, 1960-61.
Theoretically and methodically, this project enrolls in a design cultural context and a central aim is to investigate how the partnership between Axel Salto and the manufactory is mediated to the consumers through different types of written and visual material, as well as through the networks of actors involved in the mediation.
Keywords: Danish Modern, branding, mediation, mass production, designer culture.
The PhD project is generously funded by New Carlsberg Foundation and CLAY Museum of Ceramic Art.
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Sidst opdateret: 19.11.2021