Doctoral Education in Design Conference: Practice, Knowledge, Vision (May 2011, Hong Kong)

Dates: 22-25 May 2011
Deadline for submissions: 15 January 2011

Join us in Hong Kong for a conference organized by the School of Design of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Faculty of Design of Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne).

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 15 January, 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 include:

  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

15 Jan 2011 — Deadline for Submission of Extended Abstracts with references

5 Feb — Notification of Acceptance

20 Feb — Deadline for Presenters Registration

15 Apr — Full Paper Due for Pre-conference Proceedings

1 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We invite submissions on significant, original, and previously unpublished cases as well as research in the domain of doctoral education in design.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 15 January, 2011, Saturday, together with author names, affiliations and contact details.

Extended abstracts are limited to 1,800 – 2,400 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 5,000 – 8,000 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 8,000 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: 15 January, 2011

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


About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Adjectives that describe me include: secular humanist, meritocrat, and long-winded. Some people call me a positivist too, as if that were a bad thing. Go figure. My real home page is

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