Action Design Research Shaping University-Industry Collaborations for Wicked Problems

Ben A.M. Schouten, Gwen Klerks, Marcel Den Hollander, Nicolai B. Hansen

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Research collaborations with external partners are becoming the norm in HCI. This tendency has been driven by the fact that HCI does research ’in the wild’, engaging with societal problems, necessitating collaboration with external partners. Despite this interest, little work exists on which concrete approaches HCI researchers can take to make the different goals, resources, and responsibilities towards societal wicked problems align, throughout a research project. In this paper, we propose that design can be used as an approach to facilitate a strong and long-lasting inclusive collaboration with industrial as well as social partners. We do this by analyzing a research project with a major industrial partner on circularity and reflect on this using the theoretical constructs of action design research, concept design, and integrated research spaces.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 32nd Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference, OzCHI 2020
EditorsNaseem Ahmadpour, Tuck Leong, Bernd Ploderer, Callum Parker, Sarah Webber, Diego Munoz, Lian Loke, Martin Tomitsch
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781450389754
Publication statusPublished - 2 Dec 2020

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


  • action research
  • codesign
  • research collaborations


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