Research themes

At IDE, we see the integration of people, technology, and business concerns in design as a necessary basis of doing design. At each of the three corners we link to the neighbouring disciplines, conduct strong research, and connect findings toward integration and design.


Our research spans the entire triangle of People, Business and Technology. At the corners of the triangle our research groups connect to ‘mother disciplines’ in various fields, the research programmes. Between the corners we can strengthen connections to grow the emerging transdiscipline of design research to a mature field. 

We see three societal themes where we will do research to contribute to the needs of the profession and society, and two connecting themes, that combine expertise from different disciplines.

Social Themes

Connecting themes