DESIS Lab Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability

ID + DESIS Lab is a member of the DESIS Network (Design for Social Innovation towards Sustainability), a network of design labs, based in design schools and design- oriented universities, actively involved in promoting and supporting sustainable change, and it?s also the leading Portuguese research group in the field of Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability.
The group’s research aims to promote and implement a design strategy where several local, regional and international projects may converge, reinforcing each other and generating innovative scenarios and solutions for a sustainable development. It is our goal to generate and exchange knowledge with the contribution of different partners in benefit of all stakeholders.
Design for social innovation
Service Design
Sustainable Design and Design for sustainability
Design for cultural innovation

The ID+ DESIS Lab is part of an International Network of research aimed at using design thinking and design knowledge to co-create, with local, regional and global partners, socially relevant scenarios, solutions and communication programs.
The DESIS Network is largely based on self-organization at the local level and on network-wide distributed responsibilities and administrative roles. In this spirit, it is coordinated and directed by a Council (the DESIS Council, with one representative for every DESIS Lab), a Board (including Council members with specific responsibilities at the international level) and the International Coordination Committee (the coordinator of the ID+ DESIS LAb is a mmeber of this committee).

Group Coordinator elected by the Scientific Committee, two-year renewable term;
Scientific Committee formed by all integrated members;
Project coordinators emerge out of the projects themselves, or if necessary, appointed by the SC;
Plenary: Periodic meetings with all the members of this group, are set at least twice a year.

Integrated researchers (PhD)
Teresa Cláudia Magalhães Franqueira Baptista
Gonçalo João Ribeiro Gomes
Inês Maria Henriques Guedes de Oliveira
João Nunes Sampaio
Rui Jorge Leal Ferreira Mendonça da Fonseca
Sílvia Daniela Passos Soares ferreira
Integrated researchers (no-PhD)
Cátia Cristina Ferreira Pereira
Cecília Maria Peixoto de Carvalho
Jacinta Helena Alves Lourenço Casimiro da Costa
Jaime Sarró
Raul Pereira Pinto
Other researchers
João Carlos Monteiro Martins
The Objectives of the group are:
– Stimulate design-led sustainable social change initiatives;
– To map creative communities by gathering case studies of social innovation in Portugal;
– Promote social innovations and sustainability among the Portuguese design community;
– To collaborate with other scientific partners in the fields of entrepreneurship, health, culture and city making.
Participation in international projects:

4 Erasmus+ KA2 Projects on “Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices”:
SFC – Strategy for Change, a project that aims to develop a transnational training programme to prepare students for carrying out effective social innovation projects in the local community; SEASIN – Southeast Asian Social Innovation Network, a project that aims to support and promote social innovation as a means to achieve sustainable and inclusive socio-economic growth, social cohesion and equity in South East Asia; KATCH_e – Knowledge Alliance on Product-Service Development towards Circular Economy and Sustainability in Higher Education, a project that aims to build a lasting knowledge alliance, between Universities, businesses and knowledge centres, capable of addressing the challenge of reinforcing the skills and competences in the field of product-service development for the circular economy and sustainability in the construction and furniture sectors; Students for Change – Social Entrepreneurship in Academia, a project that aims to contribute to the betterment of that part of the university curriculum that seeks to promote social innovation and entrepreneurship, understanding them as fruitful avenues for dealing with the main problems affecting the region of Latin America.

Plus another EU Commission project, European Union?s Health Programme (2014-2020): FOCUS – Frailty management Optimisation through EIP AHA Commitments and Utilisation of Stakeholders input, a project that aims to critically reduce the burden of frailty in Europe by developing methodologies and tools to assist entities focusing on early diagnosis, screening and management of frailty to achieve scalability.

Participation in national projects:
The Pavnext project (Pavement Energy Efficient Extractor), consisting in the development of an application that allows to extract kinetic energy from passing vehicles, promoting energy efficiency; and that won severa international awards;

PAVEI | Platform of support and valorisation of entrepreneurship and innovation, co-financed by the MaisCentro Program ? Programa Operacional da Região Centro, in the scope of the operationalization of the Aveiro region?s business incubator (IERA).

Interface with industry:
Design factory, in Aveiro’s Creative Science Park, a space which stimulates interaction between various audiences (developers, researchers, entrepreneurs, students), combining knowledge of different fields (management, design and technology), in order to support the creation and development of products and services in a relational networking environment which encourages innovation.


DESIS (Design for Social Innovation towards Sustainability) is a network of design labs, based in design schools and design-oriented universities, actively involved in promoting and supporting sustainable change.
The ID+ DESIS Lab is held in the Research Institute for Design, Media and Culture [ID+] which is an organization jointly hosted by three Portuguese institutions: Universidade de Aveiro, Universidade do Porto and CPD- Centro Português de Design (Portuguese Center of Design).


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