Practice, Knowledge, Vision - Doctoral Education in Design Conference

22 May 2011
25 May 2011
Hong Kong SAR
Join us in Hong Kong for a conference organised by the School of Design of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Faculty of Design of Swinburne University of Technology.

Call for papers - now closed

It has been several years since the last comprehensive conference on doctoral education in design and the time has come to survey progress in the field. We invite the world design research community and leaders interested in doctoral education in design to gather for intense discussions on particular themes and workshops on moving the field forward.

We will review from extended abstracts with references as well as from full papers. The deadline for submissions is 7 February 2011.

There will be two conference publications, a pre-conference proceedings and a post-conference book. We will publish a pre-conference proceedings in May, circulating it as a PDF to allow participants time to read and reflect on papers for richer conversation in Hong Kong. The pre-conference proceedings will contain all accepted submissions as extended abstracts or full papers. Following the conference, we will publish a book of invited papers. Participants will have three months to expand extended abstracts or transform full papers into book chapters that reflect ideas and issues emerging from the conference. Final chapters will be due by 22 August, 2011.

Areas of interest

1. Rigor in Research Training
2. Interdisciplinary Research and Working with other Fields
3. Producing Design Theory
4. Methods and Methodology
5. Relating Practice to Research
6. Supervising the PhD

If there is a "burning issue" that is not on the list, we welcome suggestions and we invite papers on these topics.

Important dates

7 Feb 2011: Deadline for submission of extended Abstracts with references
25 Feb: Notification of acceptance
11 Mar: Deadline for presenters registration
29 Apr: Full paper due for pre-conference proceedings
6 May: Pre-conference proceedings to all participants
22-25 May: Conference
22 Aug: Deadline for camera-ready version (CRV) of full papers accepted for publication

Submitting extended abstract

We invite submissions on significant, original, and previously unpublished cases as well as research in the domain of doctoral education in design. Please submit your abstract or full paper online. All abstract submissions must be made by 7 February 2011, together with author names, affiliations and contact details.

Extended abstracts are limited to 1800 - 2400 words plus references. Extended abstracts will be expanded into full chapters for the post-conference book.

Those who must submit full papers to qualify for travel funds may submit papers from 5000 - 8000 words for the conference proceedings. Full papers may be revised for the post-conference book.

Review Process

Two reviewers will review each abstract and will make recommendations to the steering committee on acceptance. The reviewers will also offers comments and suggestions to authors. Following the conference, authors of accepted abstracts (and full papers for those who submit full papers) will be invited to submit a book chapter with a maximum 8000 words in length that will be reviewed again for the post-conference book. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, and authors will be invited to make a presentation to the conference at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Presentations will run 25 minutes including time for questions.

Submission Guidelines

The Pre-Conference Proceedings make it crucial to meet the deadlines. To submit an extended abstract or a full paper:

Please submit via

DEADLINE: 7 February 2011

Register and pay for the conference before DEADLINE: 1 April 2011.

Early Bird offer valid until 5 March 2011.

Conference Chairs and Steering Committee


Lorraine Justice
Director, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Ken Friedman
Dean, Faculty of Design, Swinburne University of Technology Australia

Steering Committee

Lin-Lin Chen, Professor of Industrial Design
National Taiwan University of Science and Technology
Taiwan (Chinese Taipei)

Meredith Davis, Director of Graduate Programs in Graphic Design
North Carolina State University
United States

Elizabeth Guffey, Juanita and Joseph Leff Distinguished Professor
Purchase College, State University of New York
United States

Kunpyo Lee, Executive Vice President,
Head, Corporate Design Center, LG Electronics

Donald Norman, Partner, Nielsen Norman Group
Visiting Distinguished Professor of Industrial Design,
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Chris Rust, Director,
Sheffield Institute of Arts, Sheffield-Hallam University
United Kingdom

Marco Steinberg, Director of Strategic Design,
SITRA, Finnish Innovation Fund

Kazuo Sugiyama, Vice Dean
Graduate School of Design, Dongseo University

For more information, please contact:

Conference Secretariat
School of Design,
AG101, Core A
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hung Hom, Hong Kong
T: +852 2766 5454
F: +852 2774 5067

About the School of Design of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

The School of Design of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, ranked as one of the top design schools in Asia and in the world by BusinessWeek, is poised to play a key role in nurturing new generations of designers and driving the design industry in the region.

About Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne has a strong history of providing quality, career-oriented education for both undergraduates and postgraduates. Swinburne graduates have the skills and knowledge that will help them find jobs and success in their careers.
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