PhD Research

Historically the School of Design’s PhD programme commenced with a strong focus on digital design technology during the nineties. Since then, the programme has expanded into several directions, including social design, management, media design, universal design, as well as design studies, culminating in a diversity of research work, comprised out of a 50 strong student body of whom mostly conduct research on a part-time basis.

As set out under the initiatives, all PhD research is encouraged to link to the three distinct themes of Social Design, Design Economy and Design Making.

Over and above the mandatory requirements of completing 15 credits coursework, each PhD thesis has to produce an independently authored PhD thesis document as proof of the creation of new knowledge fields within the various domains of enquiry. In order to facilitate [a] research process, [b] independent thinking and [c] critical engagement the School of Design requires each PhD student to participate in biannual seminars organised in the format of a PhD Winter and Summer Schools.

PhD Seminars are doctoral seminars organised by PhD students committee and driven by their research interest and progress. Enabled by technology, we can now connect the global community on Zoom from wherever we are. Since 2020/21 Academic Year, the PhD Seminar Series has provided an unprecedented platform to engaged the following speakers on an interactive form of knowledge sharing and critiques.

Academic Year Date Speaker Title/ Topic
2022/23 Sep 21, 2022 Louise McWhinnie Transdisciplinarity: problem spaces, disciplinary spaces, and the redefinition of boundaries
2022/23 Oct 19, 2022 Stephan Wensveen Constructive Design Research / Aesthetics of Intelligence
2022/23 Nov 23, 2022 Arjan van Timmeren Circular Economy in Urban Environments: Systems Thinking and Scale Interdependencies
2022/23 Dec 14, 2022 Stefano Capolongo Healing Architecture: the experience based approach for rethinking the hospital 4.0
2022/23 Feb 15, 2023 Carl Steinitz On Geodesign, and implications of size, scale, time and complexity on research and practice
2022/23 Mar 15, 2023 Klaus Krippendorff Towards a Critical Cybernetics
2022/23 Apr 19, 2023 Stuart Candy Design Foresight
2022/23 May 17, 2023 Jacques du Toit Social sciences methodology
2021/22 Sep 15, 2021 Patrick Healy Everydayness/Modernity: A design dilemma
2021/22 Sep 29, 2021 Heather Wiltse Designing for Platformed Relations in Fluid Assemblages
2021/22 Nov 10, 2021 Roberta Comunian Complex creative and cultural ecologies: rethinking the creative city
2021/22 Jan 11, 2022 Heidi Sohn Worlding: A Matter of Design
2021/22 Feb 16, 2022 Peter-Paul Verbeek Disruptive Technologies and the possibilities of Responsible Design
2021/22 Mar 9, 2022 Paul Frosh The Screenshot: Communicative Fixity and the Cultural Memory of Photography
2021/22 Mar 23, 2022 Anne Boddington What difference does your research make?
2021/22 Apr 20, 2022 Mar González-Franco Challenges for Virtual Reality
2020/21 Sep 16, 2020 Abdumaliq Simone  Design Research and the Social Component
2020/21 Oct 7, 2020 Paulo Favero  Living, Loving and Dying: Reflections on Ethnography, Existence and the Senses
2020/21 Nov 4, 2020 John Thackara  The New Geographies of Innovation: Urban-Rural Reconnection and Relational Design
2020/21 Nov 18, 2020 Terry Irwin  Transition Design: Design for Systems-Level Change
2020/21 Jan 21, 2021 John Wood  A Superset of Supertools
2020/21 Feb 24, 2021 Dominique Lämmli  Practitioner research on working with art in socio-cultural settings
2020/21 Mar 17, 2021 Arturo Escobar  Designing with/in Crisis: Envisioning paths for pluriversal transitions
2020/21 Mar 31, 2021 Lara Penin  Thinking Design for This Century
2020/21 Apr 7, 2021 Julian Petrin Next Level Participation – Strategies and Examples

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Current PhD research:

1 GUAN, Jing A Design Toolkit for Visually Impaired People on Travelling Experience. 
2 IP, Chung Man (Tony) Urban Living with Sky Gardens.
3 JIANG, Ying Ageing at Home: An Exploration of the Meaning of 'Home' for Care Design.
4 KING, Pui Yuk (Alex) Universal Product Design for Elderly Living: A Comparative Case Study of User Behavior between Elderly Living Alone and in Residential Care Homes in Hong Kong.
5 LI, Yang (Karen) Cultural Integration as a New Path for Reforming Design Education in China.
6 LIU, Helene Self-Reflexivity as a pathway to nurture and sustain individual creative processes in the context of innovation and design.
7 NASKOVA, Julija Comparative studies of interactive systems that enhance user experience and marketing results on the cloud, with emphasis on Cross Cultural Differences Between China and the USA. 
8 NG, Po Choy Computational Design System for Brand Identity.
9 WANG, Shisi Creating the Online Images of Cities Populated with Chinese Ethinic Groups: Taking Tibetan Cities as an Example.
10 NAVARRO, Louie T.  The Perfection of the Interior Render: Reconsidering Representations in Interior Design and its Impact on Thinking, Practice, and Policy.
11 PENG, Yixuan  Ecological Conflicts in Chinese Megablock Urbanism - a Landscape Urbanism Approach.
12 NEL, Darren  A morphological exploration of urban spatial resilience: The case of Hong Kong and Tshwane.
13 SHAW, Chris  Identifying An Educational Framework To Develop Imaginative Thinking For Animation Students : An Asian Perspective.
14 ZHANG, Suxin  Placemaking and Revival in Heritage Conservation Areas Located in the Centre of the City in China.
15

OUSTAMANOLAKIS, Michail

Creativity in Entrepreneurship Education: The Case of the Hong Kong Startup Ecosystem.

16

FONG, Wai Man Tiffany

Development and Prospects of Entrepreneurial Capability: A Framework for Design Education in Hong Kong.

17

QIN, Sabrina Zhenzhen

Design Intervention to Prevent Urban Cultural Disintegration in China: Bridging the Gap between Traditional Culture and Urban Civilization through Digital Innovation.

18

ZHANG, Jun

Study on the Effect of Sports Bra on Yoga Practitioners Exercise Behaviour based on the Biomechanical Analysis of Bra-breast Interaction.

19

WEN, Qi

Design Museums in China: A Research on the Cultural Landscape of Design Museums.

20

LEE, Jen Yoohyun

A Study on the Relationship between Site-Specific Narrative Elements and Local Regeneration.

21

GERA, Krity

Facilitating Social Innovation Through Design to Overcome Barriers to Car Sharing in a Multi-Modal Transportation Scenario in Developing Countries (New Delhi, India).

22

JONES, Rhys

Videogame Spectatorship and Secondary Fandom Value.

23

LEE, Kate Sangwon

How social media design can induce users' behaviour to be socially responsible?

24

WEI, Xintong

Design strategies of Urban Residential Area Based on Environmental Well-being in China.

25

IFTIKHAR, Hassan 

University Campus Navigation: A Cross Cultural Study of Signage Understanding in University Campus Navigation Design Using VR Technology.

26

MILLER, Marty 

‘Home’, Experienced as a Production of Presence in Hong Kong.  

27 EVANS, Susan A Design Led Approach for Transformations in a Holistic Circular Economy.
28 WANG, Xue A Framework of Protective Sustainable Design to Promote the Dissemination Effect of Chinese Shadow Puppetry on We-media Platforms with a Study Focus on Huaxian, Shaanxi Province
29 CHAN, Hei Constructing Social and Architecture: Asset Based Design as Socio-material Assemblage in Rural Community Development.
30 SHEN, Xin Designing mHealth Applications for Eating Disorders: From an Intersectional Perspective.
31 LION, Giovanni Concept Formation in Computational Creativity: A Comparative Study of Algorithmic Approaches.
32 LUO, Jing Autonomous Design: As A Decolonizing Strategy.
33 WEI, Lai The Role of Animation: Creating Dynamic Representations for Effective Pedagogical Information Transmission.
34 ZHANG, Wenjing Designing Better User Experience, A Study on The Constructs of Digital Self-identity on Chinese Social Media Platforms.
35 DING, Jing Immersive Design for Safeguarding Heritage Crafts: A Design Framework to Present Craftsmanship in First Person Perspective.
36 NAVARETTE, Andrea Building Creative and Sustainable Communities through Social Design in Vulnerable Sectors.
37 ZHANG, Jie Establishing and Leveraging 3D Statistical Chinese Head Model for Mass and Individual Customizations of Ergonomic Design.
38 WONG, Lionel Zhen Jie Approaches to applying Machine Learning (ML) to Facilitate Computational Fashion Design.
39 LUKENGE, Richard Kamya Towards Attaining Socially Inclusive Mobility in Developing Cities: Assessing Informal-Formal Continuum for Participatory Modelling Processes.
40 ENDEMANN, Henry Leonard Exploring Sustainable Urban Compactness in the Context of Mega-regionalization through Production Patterns - The Greater Bay Area in a Global Comparison.
41 HE, Rui Research Proposal of A Story Design Language to Drive Automatic Story Generation by Deep Leaming.
42 DAS, Bharati Application of Disruptive Innovation in business strategies of companies: Exploring frameworks that link Value Creation with User Experienceg.
43 DU, Yunhe Research on the Design Strategies for Public Facilities in Rural Areas of China under the Countryside Endowment Pattern.
44 LI, Huanhuan Safe, Friendly, Flexible: 3D vision based intelligent human robot collaboration system design.
45 DU, Pengyu A Theoretical Model of Metaphorical Design on the Product Users’ Use Behaviours.
46 HE, Junda A study on interrelation between decision making and creativity in design thinking process : China design education perspective.
47 ZHENG, Bing Research on Theory and Practice of Synergistic Mechanism Based on Design-driven Brand
48 MUNOZ PRIETO, Daniel Alejandro Experience design and immersive technology for the protection of physical and mental health: a cognitive, affective, and behavioral approach in the context of the construction industry.
49 HUANG, Shiming Robot Cares about the Depression Human. Understand you as other humans does.
50 WEI, Xiaokang Accurate 3D Human Head Reconstruction from Images.
51 CHIN, Ho Yun Grace How might social media be used to destigmatize negative perception of mental health and encourage help-seeking behaviour in youths?
52 WU, Xiuxiu Design innovation in design-centric SMEs How to developing strategies that can stimulate design innovation from intrinsic motivation and creative self-efficacy for SMEs designers in the Greater Bay Area (GBA) toward benefiting both SMEs owners and policymakers.
53 LI, Yating A Research on Design Thinking in Chinese Education.
54 XING, Pangrui Designing Tangible Interactions among Connected Things.
55 LEE, Ching Reterritorialising the hyper dense city from a perspectivist approach - A study of the complex fold between the ‘private’ and the ‘public’ in the context of Hong Kong.
56 DAS, Mohana Post-occupancy Evaluation on long-term care homes for the elderly in a post-pandemic world in Hong Kong: Strategies for health smart homes and home-based consumer health technologies as a public health intervention for independent aging.
57 ZHANG, Yaqi From Co-design to environmental policy: an online offline integrated model to facilitate sustained recycling behavior.
58 LIU, Yu Mapping the landscape ecology sustainability of Pearl River Delta with a Bayesian Belief Network Model.
59 GUI, Shun Human-Robot Interaction Reinforcement Learning based on Facial Emotion Recognition.
60 ZHU, Yujie AIoT-enabled Interactive Education and Training Approach for Assisting Rehabilitation.
61 BI, Xia Design for Positive Solitary Behaviours in Public Space.
62 LONG, Qiling Public Inclusive Design in the Post Pandemic Era for the Visually Impaired, to Enhance Social Inclusion.
63 LIU, Zhuoman A Correlative Statistical Shape Model of both Head Skin and Bone Surfaces for Ergonomic Headgear Design.
64 WAN, Jingyi Dynamic Human Body Reconstruction from a Sparse Multi-view Video.
65 YANG, Zi The Evolving Human Dimensions of Public Space from the Chinese Perspective: Directions for Inclusive Public Design.

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