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Creating a Flexible and Dynamic Map of Dutch Research in Design
Winnie Dankers, Eric Lutters

Last modified: 2013-08-20

Abstract


Over the last 40 years, Dutch research in design has developed into an extremely wide academic discipline that combines  and integrates knowledge from many different fields. The three technical universities in the Netherlands strive to align their research efforts with the demands from industry. Moreover, they aim to increase the quality of research and to improve the synthesis in Dutch research in design. For that reason, they want to mutually attune the academic design research.

The Dutch platform for research in design (Design United) has initiated a number of activities to achieve this synthesis. Mapping the areas in Dutch research in design is one of the first initiatives that is executed for this purpose. The map acts as the basis that connects researchers, industry and government at strategic, tactical and operational levels.

Specific challenges in creating the map are to ensure the flexibility to integrate future changes in the field and to create different renderings that are suitable for multiple perspectives. Additionally, the ability to keep track of the priorities and developments in the research areas as well as the ability to envisage important research themes is relevant.

The publication indicates the fundamental principles that are used and the way in which these principles are implemented in engendering the map. It also shows in which representation(s) the map is made available to its stakeholders. Additionally, it is shown how the map can be used by stakeholders in practice and how the map can be used to strengthen Dutch research in design. 


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