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Dr. Martina Maria Keitsch, professor

Dr. Martina Maria Keitsch is Professor for Sustainable Design and PhD Program Leader at the Department of Design, Faculty of Architecture and Design, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
From 2019-2023 she is appointed Visiting Professor at the Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University, Nepal.
Keitsch is project leader of the NORAD financed NTNU/IOE project MSESSD ‘Energy for Social Sustainability’ ( from 2015-end 2020.
She is also project leader of the DIKU, NORPART financed project SAMAJ, ‘Transdisciplinary Education for a Sustainable Society from 2019-2023.
Keitsch has worked for over 20 years in the sustainable development field, mainly with industrial ecology, eco design, and -architecture, urban planning, stakeholder inclusion and transdisciplinary collaboration, and ethics of sustainability.
Keitsch is member of several scientific committees, board member of the International Sustainable Development Research Society and of the network Women in Design Research. She has been guest-editor of four special issues for the journal “Sustainable Development”. Keitsch is teaching Bachelor- Master- and PhD students and has published several articles on the topics above.

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Cheryl Akner-Koler

Cheryl Akner-Koler is a sculptor, docent and professor in Theoretical and Applied Aesthetics in the design program at Konstfack, Stockholm. She completed her PhD from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg in 2007, entitled Form & Formlessness.
She has been the main applicant for the current research project funded by Swedish Research Council (VR) entiled: HAPTICA -about haptic attributes and the gestalt process. This project is run in collaboration with culinary & performative artists from School of hospitality, culinary arts and meal science at Campus Gryhyttan in Örebro University.
Cheryl has also headed two other artistic research projects funded by VR as well as projects supported by Vinnova and Knowledge foundation (KK Stiftelse). She teaches in the bachelor’s and master’s program where she explores a sculptural gestalt approach that involves embodied studies, aesthetic abstractions and product semiotic.


Nina Bjørnstad

Nina Bjørnstad- associate professor at Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) in Norway. She has a masters in industrial design from Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm and is an experienced teacher in the field of aesthetic and semiotics for product and service designers.
She is a guest participant in the research projects HAPTICA with focus on the prototyping and the making process.
Nina is engaged in supporting a more gender-aware culture at AHO and has been on the board of WONDER network since 2008



Angeliki Dimaki-Adolfsen is a Greek-Norwegian design researcher and designer. She is currently a PhD-fellow at the Academy of Design and Crafts at University of Gothenburg working in the intersection of Design Studies and Migration.
Through her project Play on the borders of Europe, she investigates the spatial and temporal aspects of play, through the lens of design in the Greek borderlines.
Angeliki gained her BA in Interior Architecture and Design from the Technological Institute of Athens. She then moved to Oslo where she got her MA in Design from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design in 2010. 


Hanna af Ekström

Hanna af Ekström is a Ph.D. candidate in design at the Academy of Design and Craft at Gothenburg University, Sweden.

In her research she uses a theoretical framework of critical disability studies, crip theory and queer phenomenology. Through different projects, she expands the current concept of accessibility within city planning and urban development by including aspects such as emotions, cognitions, and senses.


Astrid Skjerven

Astrid Skjerven - professor at the Department of product design, Faculty of Technology, Art and Design, Oslo Metropolitan University.
Her special interest fields: Culture and sustainability; Everyday aesthetics, Nordic design; Gender.
Astrid is currently working with the anthology “Gender and sustainability” and “Nordic design in a global and regional perspective”.

Recent publications:

«Bauhaus-innflytelse på undervisningen ved SHKS». Kunst og kultur no. 4 2019.

«Envisioning versus realizing products for use in poor communities: The case of Victor Papanek and Nordic designers” Sustainable Development vol. 27 2019.

“Architecture, design and planning towards sustainable development: Regional approaches”. With Nuno Martins. Sustainable Development Vol. 27 201

"The role of SDGs for progressing sustainability". With. Marlen Gabriele Arnold and Katja Schneider. Business Strategy and Development . Vol. 1 2018

“Introduction”. Design for a Sustainable Culture:. Perspectives, Practices and Education. With Janne Beate Reitan. London: Routledge 2017

“Design for a Sustainable Culture: Perspectives, Practices and Education. Ed. With Janne Beate Reitan. London: Routledge, 2017.

“Design without borders: Ideologies, realities, and results. Design Issues .Vol. 33 2017.