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.

THE COLLABORATIVE UNIVERSITY

EDUCATIONAL-BASED RESEARCH PROJECTS

Since 2015 the Social Design Unit has initiated several education-based research projects made in collaboration with the public sector, NGOs and civic society.

In education-based research students, researchers and collaborative partners work together in projects exploring how participatory approaches can be of value for dealing with central social design issues such as migration and language learning in the wild, citizen budgeting, co-designing sustainable domestic technologies and rethinking public services for marginalized citizens.

Together with our partners we shape and develop educational projects – often framed as a design brief – to be of value for the participating organization, students, and researchers.

Among our collaborative partners are Kolding Libraries, Koldinghus, Kolding Municipality, Kolding Harbor, Cycling without Age, the Energy & Fibernet Provider EWII, among others.

DESIGN ACTIVISM & PUBLIC SPACE

AFFECTS, INTERFACES, EVENTS: A TRANSDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH PROJECT

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 eight 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

ART AND DESIGN ACTIVISM IN PUBLIC SPACE

PUBLICATIONS

Kultur og Design

Markussen, T. (2019)In B. Eriksson & B. Schiemer (eds.)Ny kulturteori.København: Hans Reitzels forlag

The impure politics of design activism

Markussen, T. (2019)In T. Bieling (ed.)Design & ActivismMimesis International

The politics of design activism – from impure
politics to parapolitics

Markussen, T. (2021)In J. 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.

PUBLICATIONS

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. (2021)In J. 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.

Researchers

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

Partners

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

Budget

6.477.694 Kr.