The Institute of Design, AHO offers a PhD position that focus on inclusive and sustainable design of technologies of care. The position will contribute to research on the role that interaction design plays in supporting intersecting issues of health, social and environmental justice. It seeks to explore feminist posthumanities theories and more-than-human design approaches that attend to and design-with the relations between human bodies and the environment. The PhD position will research this in the context of health and wellbeing, by inquiring into the social, cultural, and ecological dimensions of health technologies, and by designing technologies that nurture caring practices for humans and the Earth.
The PhD will explore a designerly and theoretical feminist lens on care that requires a speculative commitment to neglected relations which have often been taken for granted or rendered invisible. Such neglected relations, that may be connected with social justice and/or climate change, often disproportionately effect the health and well-being of marginalized communities. This position will seek to use design to render visible and support neglected care relations and amplify the work of marginalized people as agents of change, with the goal of researching how technologies of care can be designed for more equitable and sustainable futures. The PhD will include critical and curious hands-on experimentation with new technologies and materials used in health care, such as biodesign, body-based soft technologies, and machine learning, to design concrete exemplars of what inclusive and sustainable technologies of care could look and feel like.
The PhD could include projects such as:
For more information on this research program, please visit www.ahophdlive.com.
We are committed to an anti-discriminatory hiring process and work culture, and value lived experiences including those of marginalized identities. We are seeking qualified applicants regardless of their gender, background, race, religion, sexual orientation, etc.
Please note that all documentation must be in English or a Scandinavian language. Applications that do not comply with the formal requirements will not be considered. Attachments beyond the required documents will not be taken into consideration.
The material for the PhD application will be assessed according to the following criteria:
The educational component in the AHO PhD Programme is mandatory and requires fulltime attendance. Residency in Oslo for the employment period is mandatory. Research stay at a relevant international academic institution is encouraged. The PhD fellowship will start September 1st 2022.
The PhD Programme at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) will arrange an online information meeting about the AHO PhD Programme on Friday, February 4th 2022 at 14:00 CET. See www.ahophdlive.com for more information.
Questions about this PhD position can be directed to the main supervisors:
For more information about the PhD Programme, please visit our website.