Keynote Speakers

Otto von Busch, Sweden, professor in Textile Design at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design Stockholm. In his research and practice he explores how design and craft can be reverseengineered, hacked and shared among many participants as a form of civic engagement, buildingcommunity capabilities through collaborative craft and social activism.

Co-craft and The Capabilities of Industriousness
In this lecture, von Busch explores how “co-craft” can be a tool for artisan innovation and civil engagements through the design and craft sphere. Applying the “capabilities approach” of economist AmartyaSen, we may shift perspective away from the objects, and see how craft capabilities may support development as freedom. From Sen’s capabilities approach, craft can be a component of larger political engagements and social justice.


Simonetta Carbonaro, Italy, is an expert in consumer psychology, strategic marketing and design management. She carries out research in the area of consumer ethos and behavior, forecasting the direction of consumer culture. Since 2002 Carbonaro has been a professor in Design Management and Humanistic Marketing at the Swedish School of Textiles at the University of Borås where she directs the Design of Prosperity initiative.

Fashion and Resilience: the Design of a new Prosperity
Carbonaro will present reflections about Fashion and our ways of life, Fashion and our styles of thought, Fashion business and the vicious circle of the fast fashion industrial-mass-consumption model. She will also explore the reason why people, especially young people, perceive the consumption of fashion as it exists today and explore some of the radical values’ shift in Fashion Design, Fashion Design Management and Marketing.


Clive Dilnot, USA, is Professor of Design Studies at Parsons School of Design in New York. He has taught at Harvard University and in the United Kingdom he also directed graduate studies in design in Hong Kong. He has written extensively on the history and theory of art, design and architecture; his most recent work is on design ethics.

The Capabilities of Design
Design is traditionally thought of terms of professions, values, methods, pedagogies. As we enter an epoch in which design as a mode of acting in the world will necessarily become more ubiquitous it might be useful to begin to see design also in terms of its capabilities—which can also be said to be its virtues and as well as its gift.


Mary Jo Hatch, USA, is a leading thinker in the fields of organization theory, corporate branding, and is currently working at the intersection of art, design and management. She is Visiting Professor, Gothenburg University School Business, Economics and Law, as well as a visual artist.

How Art and Design Dissertations Will Craft the Future
Hatch will address how the knowledge of designers can be articulated and made visible through dissertation research and writing in the fields of art and design. Her main message is that recent dissertations in the fields of art and design, which reveal the processes of design and artistry, provide both inspiration and role models for expanding the role of design research and practice. She will reflect on how the products of this research might be used in the future development of organizations and management practice.


Maria Nyström, Sweden, is professor at the School of Design and Crafts, University of Gothenburg. Nyström is also a professor at Chalmers University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture, Gothenburg. Through her carrier she has been working as an industrial designer mainly in South East Asia and Eastern Africa.

Making Re Search in the extremes
The world is meeting a rapid growth. Today half of the world´s population is living in cities. We are building a mid-sized city per day. Space living on other planets, is looking into the third generation of Life Support Systems and introduces new opportunities to build robust habitats and cities.
We need a new paradigm philosophy centered on what architecture and design do over time, rather than what they are. Making ReSearch is the way forward for working in the unknown.