Emilija Veselova is a doctoral candidate in the NODUS Sustainable Design Research Group in the Department of Design, Aalto University. She has a strong theoretical and practical background in a collaborative and participatory design approach that she has applied in projects in the business, academic and the non-governmental sectors. Emilija talks about her ongoing doctoral research titled, "Designing with Nature for Sustainability".
In this project, she investigates how natural entities, such as individual organisms and ecosystems, can be included in collaborative and participatory design and decision-making processes. Her view is that every project has implications for natural being, systems and sustainability. Yet, she also sees how current formulations of design provide little support and training for a designer to consider in everyday projects. During the talk, Emilija provides a glimpse into the conceptual and methodological framework she is developing.