Portugal, Aveiro, ID+ DESIS Lab

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Starts: 19 May, 2016
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Instructors: Portugal, Aveiro, ID+ DESIS Lab
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Name: ID+ DESIS Lab

City: Aveiro

Country: Portugal

Coordinator: Gonçalo Gomes, goncalo@ua.pt

Contacts: idmaisdesislab@gmail.com, telephone number (+351) 234 370389, http://www.idmais.org/desislab/

Hosting Institution:

  • Research Institute for Design, Media and Culture [ID+]
    Departamento de Comunicação e Arte / Universidade de Aveiro
  • Campus Universitário de Santiago
    3810-193 aveiro
    Tel: 234 370389
    Fax: 234 370868
    E-Mail: idmais@gmail.com
    Website: http://www.idmais.org/,

Background and objectives

The group’s research aims to promote a design program where several local, regional and global projects may converge, reinforce each other and generate innovative scenarios and solutions. It is our goal to produce knowledge with the contribution of different partners and that can be used by all stakeholders.

By using design thinking tools and design knowledge, the group also aims to trigger, enable and scale-up social innovation and sustainability, namely through:

  • Stimulating design-led sustainable social change initiatives;
  • Maping innovative communities and innovative projects by gathering case studies of social innovation in Portugal;
  • Promoting social innovations and sustainability among the Portuguese design community.
  • Promoting and enhancing local production and local economy;
  • Gathering different scientific areas in order to create transdisciplinary projects;
  • Designing solutions directed at promoting social intervention, namely in the area of Active Ageing and social entrepreneurship.
  • Primary research areas and activities (200-250 words)
  • Service Design and Strategic Design for sustainability;
  • Design for the empowerment and renewal of local economy and knowledge;
  • Education for creativity and innovation.

List of projects and research

Our projects will be developed with several perspectives transversal to the different fields of knowledge within the DESIS Network umbrella, and which can be distinctive of design for social innovation:

  • governance and soft-governance: the interplay between top-down and bottom up and its implications on governance and planning;
  • social activism and pro-activity: the capacity of individuals, groups and organisations to undertake initiatives and foster change at an higher level;
  • stakeholders and people participation: the way diverse stakeholders participate in decision making and implementing, the democratization and openness of the processes;
  • social interactions and relations: the potential of the initiatives to enhance social cohesion, conviviality, connections and sustainability;
  • evidences, spatial transformation and communication: the impact of the initiatives on the city, the media, the private and public space;
  • distributed and local production: the new production/distribution/consumption chains, the new technologies and the local assets/resources for more sustainable value creation systems;
  • skill training and capacity building: the need and opportunity of building new competences with, for and within the stakeholders;
  • job creation and social enterprise incubation: the potential of the initiatives to create new job opportunities and social business.




  • Teresa Franqueira
  • Gonçalo Gomes
  • Inês Maria Henriques Guedes de Oliveira
  • Rui Jorge Leal Ferreira Mendonça da Fonseca Cecilia Maria Peixoto de Carvalho
  • Cátia Pereira
  • Jaime Sarró Santos
  • João Nunes Sampaio
  • Mário Tavares
  • Raphaella Rocha
  • Daniela Viera
  • Dirce Russo
  • Cecília Carvalho


 Franqueira, T., Gomes, G., Gonçalves, S. – Participatory Design for Public  services: A food diary for children – Crafting the Future, 10th EAD Conference. Gothenburg Sweden, 2013

Franqueira T., Alexandrino, C. – Scenario Building for Service Design at Montemor-o-Velho , global design bridge cumulus conference, PP 157-164, Santiago de Chile, 2013
ISBN: 978-956-8901-04-2

Franqueira, T., Gomes, G., & Costa, R. (2012). Project Action for Age 2: Design process in service design. Strategic Design Research Journal, 5, 9., 2012


Franqueira, T. (2010). Creative Places for Collaborative Cities: Proposal for the ‘Progetto Habitat e Cultura’ in Milan, The Design Journal, Volume 13, Issue 2, PP 199–216, Berg