What is Citizen Participation?

It is deemed important for our democracy that public and cultural sectors enable citizen participation. We do design research to make visible the underlying politics of citizen participation and to involve citizens in processes of change.


A transdisciplinary research project, hosting eight resonating sub-projects

Affects, Interfaces, Events is an on-going collaborative research project funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research, made by researchers from Aarhus University, The IT University, Roskilde University, Copenhagen University and SDU.

The sub-projects are focusing on mediated modulation and affect (Bodil Marie Stavning Thomsen), on affective interaction design (Jonas Fritsch), on anarchival design (Søren Rasmussen), on evental urbanism (Kristine Samson), on the interfaces of networked affective activism (Camilla Møhring Reestorff), on the affective exchanges of photos in cyberbullying (Jette Kofoed), on affective interfaces and Big Data (Torsten Andreasen) and on design activism in urban space (Thomas Markussen).

Find more information about the project here


Kultur og Design

Markussen, T. (2019)In B. Eriksson & B. Schiemer (eds.)Aktuelle kulturteoretiske temaer – en grundbog.København: Hans Reitzels forlag

The impure politics of design activism

Markussen, T. (forthcoming)In T. Bieling (ed.)Design & ActivismMimesis International

The politics of design activism from impure
politics to parapolitics

Markussen, T. (forthcoming)In G. Traganou (ed.)Design & Dissent.London & New York: Routledge

The disruptive aesthetics of design activism – enacting design between art and politics

Markussen, T. (2013)In Design Issues, vol. 29 (1), 38-50MIT Press.


Thomas Markussen Department of Design & Communication, University of Southern Denmark


Bodil Marie Thomsen (PI), Camilla Møhring Reestorff, Jette Kofoed, Søren Rasmussen Aarhus University, Jonas Fritsch (co-leader) IT University, Kristine Samson Roskilde University, Torsten Andresen Copenhagen University

Project time

2015 – 2019

Funded by

The Danish Council for Independent Research


6.477.694 Kr.