What’s new with ULISES NAVARRO AGUIAR?

What are you up to at the moment?
I am currently focusing on completing my PhD thesis, writing up and working through the empirical material. My research explores value practices in design work and analyzes the workings to expand the scope of design in organizations, from material to immaterial objects.

How did DESMA influence you?
Since I am still working on the research project that I started with DESMA, everything that I’m doing now is permeated by my learnings and interactions with people in the network. DESMA has inspired me to have a broad perspective and recognize the plurality of approaches that exist in relation to design management.

How do you relate to ”finding new ways of doing and communicating research”?
Churning out papers, that’s what the game is all about. That’s the way researchers are supposed to build a career, that’s how research institutions gain prestige and that’s how academic publishers make money. At the same time, the public is alienated by the lack of open access to these publications. There’s got to be other alternatives. How might we foster more open ways of communicating research?

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