Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, Third International Conference on Higher Education Advances

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The reciprocal value of Doctoral Design Research when housed within a Creative Business Center: a case study in Porto, Portugal.
Heitor Alvelos, Susana Barreto, Fátima São Simão

Last modified: 08-06-2017


This paper presents the case study of a pilot partnership between a Doctoral Program in Design and a Science and Technology Park located in Porto, Portugal. The partnership has been in effect since 2013; the Doctoral Program has resided within the premises of the Science and Technology Park, as an immersive research environment, in order to foster knowledge transfer and collaborations through gradual, mutual and informal recognition of reciprocal assets.

We contextualise the premises and stakeholders in this partnership, outline the empirical methodologies employed, and provide examples of selected projects that illustrate the implementation of these methodologies.

Furthermore, we provide an inventory of challenges detected throughout the development of the partnership, as well as information on how these challenges are being overcome.

We conclude by summarising the main accomplishments of this partnership, as well as outlining validation by various external agents and opening up prospects for future development. These will include thorough materials that may be of use for implementation in other academic, scientific and entrepreneurial environments.

Keywords: Design research; entrepreneurship; knowledge transfer; creative industries.

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