What do we do? - NADR
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What do we do?

Action line 1

Sparring and discussion partner for institutes and stakeholders

The purpose of this action line is to organise the Design Lecturer Network and to outline the key developments in the field of research and innovation agendas, funding options and networking with respect to applied design research. NADR represents design lecturers at CLICKNL, NEW/NRPO-SIA, and STW, as well as companies, interest groups and trade associations.


NADR will apply its own research focus in consultation with companies, the professional field and national and international research agendas in order to safeguard the practice-based nature and relevance for the professional field and design education. This focus will serve as input for meetings and discussions on the content and funding of research programmes at CLICKNL, NWO, the Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences and others.


Karin van Beurden, chair of NADR



Jeroen van den Eijnde



Action line 2

Professionalising applied design research

There are suitable research methods for applied design research. Nevertheless, design research is often assessed according to traditional social-scientific research frameworks. Unfortunately, these frameworks are not relevant for applied design research.


The methodologies of design research must be further developed, translated to the professional field and documented. It is important to communicate these methods based on form, content and scientific foundation. The assessment of this type of research must also be improved. Quality assurance and development is extremely relevant, particularly in the form of audits with suitable reviewers. Reviewers are often not sufficiently available. In addition, the field largely lacks standards for quality assurance.


At the same time, we must fill specific knowledge gaps after identifying the available knowledge. Communication is not the only reason why the methodical side of applied design research is under-exposed. Sometimes, knowledge gaps among researchers are to blame. Design researchers should critically reflect on their own research methods and compare them to the latest methodologies and approaches.


Peter Troxler



Emile Quanjel



Janienke Sturm



Christine de Lille


Action line 3

Stimulating applied research in the design disciplines

Design lecturers want to acquire a unique position in the field of applied research. This calls for the further emancipation of applied design research. This emancipation requires clarity and communication. How is applied design research defined? Research through design (building on previous knowledge) is very different from design research (research on the design process itself). These definitions must be clarified. Both aspects are important, but are often used interchangeably, despite their obvious differences.


The purpose of this action line is to obtain recognition as a full-fledged design partner that carries out research based on knowledge, content and practice-based scientific substantiation.


Our ambition is to become a worthy partner for financiers, businesses and other stakeholders, such as universities, clients, the professional field and end users.


Remko van der Lugt



Inge Oskam


Action line 4

Increasing the visibility of results and sharing knowledge

The goal of this work package is to jointly present research and to make it easy to understand. This will allow us to explain how the research process works, how the results are generated and, of course, the final results of applied design research. As a result, we can highlight the impact of the design within the research process. In addition to presenting the research activities of various research groups and identifying the knowledge map to be developed, it also involves participating in Dutch Design Week by contributing to the Design Research & Innovation Festival (DRIVE) during Dutch Design Week and hosting our own exhibition ‘Work in Progress’.


Peter Joore