Designing Human Technologies 8.0

October 3 to 5 2022, in Tallinn, Estonia


The doctoral course takes place from October 3 to 5, 2022 in Estonia. The three day course (3 ECTS) is organised by Tallinn University in collaboration with University of Trento, University of Roskilde, IT University of Copenhagen and Reykjavik University. Meals, shared rooms and transportation from Tallinn will be provided for up to 20 members of the doctoral course. Travel to the location is organised from Tallinn city centre. We expect to leave Tallinn at 10AM on October 3rd and to be back in Tallinn around 4PM on October 5th.


Designing Human Technologies is a broad (participatory) design-oriented research approach with a central human principle of participation and ethical concerns. Common goals of research activities in this field include being constructive and solution-oriented in close dialogue with citizens and users. Deep analysis of how designs are used and enter the daily life of their users as well as innovative design solutions are the core of this course. The human principle includes involving users and main interest groups in the design and evaluation of the ability of design artefacts to meet the goals. Technology is understood in a broad sense including information and communication technologies, sustainable environmental technologies, energy technologies, and technologies for design in urban, nature, or other spatial settings.

Purpose & format

We meet to discuss our experiences in relation to doctoral work in the rich and diverse field of designing human technologies. The course is a blend of lectures and discussions in small groups. Invited lectures by senior academic staff present key theories, methodological reflections and novel approaches within the field. Discussions will take place in groups of five doctoral students and two faculty members, discussing the position papers of the students. Group discussions will dedicate one hour to each position paper, which will be divided into (max) 10 minutes of informal presentation and 50 minutes of discussion. Students will present each other’s papers not their own paper. In addition, the course provides opportunities for networking with other doctoral students and senior faculty in the field of designing human technologies, thereby enriching relations among those who also attended last year’s editions and providing an entry point for those who did not.


DHT 8.0 will take place in Estonia on a location to be determined.

Call for participation

Application deadline: August 8, 2022
Applications are to be submitted online. The application form consists of your contact data, short description of your research topic and a short explanation of your motivation for participating in the course.


Notification of admission: August 15, 2022
Notifications are sent by email, and, if accepted, you’ll be given the full programme and further instructions. 20 PhD students will be admitted to the course.

Position paper submission deadline: September 5, 2022
All participants are expected to submit a position paper (up to 6 pages) elaborating on their research problem, research questions, theories, methods and a selection of achieved and/or expected outcomes.


David Lamas, Tallinn University
Merja Bauters, Tallinn University
Jesper Simonsen, Roskilde University
Mika Yasuoka Jensen, Roskilde University
Vincenzo D’Andrea, University of Trento
Helena Karasti, IT University of Copenhagen
Marta Kristín Lárusdóttir, Reykjavik University

Local organizers
Kadri Mäger, Tallinn University

For further enquiries contact

Organizing institutions

The course is supported by TU TEE - Tallinn University as a promoter of intelligent lifestyle.