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Research centers & networks

Research staff at HDK participate and contribute to the research of several research centres and networks.

Centre for Global Migration

Centre for Global Migration aims to promote and support research and education in issues related to global migration and integration.
Read more about Centre for Global Migration
Contact person at HDK: Professor Erling Björgvinsson

Curating the City

HDK is active within the cluster CURATING THE CITY. This research cluster addresses the existing city from perspectives that arise from the notion of curating / the curatorial. Our field of concern is situated at the crossroads of several overlapping research fields, such as architecture, conservation, craft, design, literature, history, cultural studies, planning and archaeology.
Read more about Curating the City
Contact at HDK: cluster leader, Dr Henric Benesch

Curating the City is part of the Center for Critical Heritage Studies.  Critical Heritage Studies is a quite new and growing interdisciplinary research field that aims to problematize what cultural heritage is and how cultural heritage is perceived and used in different social arenas today. The purpose of the research is to present alternative and critical interpretations of how we experience a globalized world. A challenge is therefore to investigate how the past can be used in the present in order to create the future.

Centre for Tourism

The Centre for Tourism forms a cross disciplinary research platform in close collaboration with the tourism industry. The mission is to initiate, develop, and support increased knowledge development and professionalisation within the tourism field.The objective is to become one of the leading tourism research centres in Europe.
Contact person at HDK: Professor Maria Nyström
Read more about Centre for Tourism

Centre for Ageing and Health (AgeCap)

AgeCap is an interdisciplinary research center. The common goal is to increase elderly people's capability, that is the ability of the individual to perform desired actions, and increase the possibilities of a good and valuable ageing.
Contact at HDK: Professsor Maja Gunn
Read more about the Centre for Ageing and Health


DESMA is an international research network in design management.
The network comprises 13 international early stage researchers, four European university leaders in design, four European design companies and four product and service organizations.
HDK participated in DESMA by PhD students Ariana Amacker and Andrew Whitcomb.
DESMA has been finalized but remains as an informal network.


In 2050, the world population is expected to exceed 9 ½ billion people. Production of nutritious food for all - in a sustainable manner - is one of our greatest challenges.
The main goal of SWEMARC is to increase the marine aquaculture in an environmentally friendly way through interdisciplinary and community engaging research.
Contact at HDK: Professor Maria Nyström
Read more about SWEMARC


Mistra Urban Futures is an international research center dealing with one of today's most important societal challenges. How can sustainable urbanization be achieved within our limits? This also entails meeting global challenges such as climate change, segregation, poverty and limited resources.
HDK participates in Ecotourism and Market Places, based in Kisumu, Kenya.
Contact person at HDK: Professor Maria Nyström

NordFo, Nordic Forum for Research and Development in Educational Sloyd

NordFo works for sloyd/craft and design-related co-operation between the Nordic countries and between the Nordic countries' teacher training programs to initiate, stimulate and report research and development work in the field of Sloyd. NordFo has initiated conferences, symposia and seminars and implemented Nordic postgraduate courses. NordFo works in national, Nordic and international research projects.
NordFo has its own publication - Techne series.
NordFo Research Conference 2019, Make&Learn, will take place at HDK.
Contact person at HDK: professor Marléne Johansson

TRADERS – ‘Training art and design researchers in participation for public space’

The research network TRADERS - EU-FP7, ITN Networks MarieCurie was a project about public space. The research focused on developing and testing a methodological framework on which art and design researchers can rely when working on public space projects in participatory ways.

Page Manager: Carina Krantz|Last update: 9/13/2018

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