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Knowledge and Research

Following her PhD in 2004, Kristina has developed a strong interest in the quality and rigour in research in art and design, and in the standards of postgraduate research training and supervision in particular with regard to the relationship of theory and practice within research, on which she has lectured and published internationally.

The Experiential Knowledge Project & Conference

From 2005 to 2007, Kristina was leading the Experiential Knowledge Project as a Research Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. The project was concerned with the nature and role of knowledge, and in particular experiential knowledge in research to develop rigorous methodologies and models of research for art and design. Kristina also organised the Experiential Knowledge Conference 2007 in collaboration with London Metropolitan University. The conference addressed the theme of "New Knowledge in the Creative Disciplines". Selected papers of EKC2007 are published in a special issue of the Journal of Visual Arts Practice Vol 6 (2), November 2007.

Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge (EKSIG)

A Council Member of the DRS and Secretary for Special Interest Groups (SIGs) since 2007, Kristina was pivotal in establishing the DRS SIGs, which promote international exchange and collaboration in areas of design research. She became the convenor of EKSIG, the first DRS SIG and established the biennial EKSIG conferences. EKSIG is concerned with understanding the nature and role of knowledge in research and professional design practice in order to clarify fundamental principles and practices of using design practice within research, both, with regard to research regulations and requirements, and to research methodology. In 2012, Kristina has passed on the role of convenor to Dr Nithikul Nimkulrath, Loughborough University, and is now taking the role of senior advisor of EKSIG.

All EKSIG conferences

Relevant Publications

Niedderer, K. (2013). Explorative Materiality and Knowledge: The Role of Creative Exploration and Artefacts in Design Research. Formakademisk, 6 (2), pp. 1-20. link

Niedderer, K (2009). Understanding Methods: Mapping the Flow of Methods, Knowledge and Rigour in Design Research Methodology. IASDR International Conference 2009. (Proceedings, CD). Seoul, Korea: IASDR. pdf

Niedderer, K. (2009). The Culture and Politics of Knowledge in Design Research: How to Develop Discipline Specific Methodologies. In Design & Cultures. 5th Annual Design Research Conference 2009. Spokane, WA, USA: Washington State University, Spokane. pdf

Niedderer, K. and Imani, Y. (2009). Developing a Framework for Managing Tacit Knowledge in Research using Knowledge Management Models. In D. Durling, C. Rust, L. Chen, P. Ashton and K. Friedman (eds.) Undisciplined! Proceedings of the Design Research Society Conference 2008. Sheffield, UK: Sheffield Hallam University. ISBN: 978-1-84387-293-1. link

Niedderer, K. (2009). Relating the Production of Knowledge and the Production of Artefacts in Research. In N. Nimkulrat and T. O'Riley (eds.) Reflections and Connections. Helsinki: UIAH, 59-68.

Niedderer, K. (2007). Mapping the Meaning of Knowledge in Design Research. Design Research Quarterly, 2(2). pdf

Niedderer, K. (2007). A Discourse on the Meaning of Knowledge in Art and Design Research. 7th International Conference of the European Academy of Design. Izmir, Turkey: European Academy of Design. pdf

Niedderer, K. 2007. Practice in the Process of Doctoral Research. In Theory? Leicester: DeMontfort University. pdf

Niedderer, K. and S. Roworth-Stokes. (2007). The Role and Use of Creative Practice in Research and its Contribution to Knowledge. In S. Poggenpohl, (ed.) Proceedings of the IASDR International Conference 2007 (CD). Hong Kong: IASDR and Hong Kong Polytechnic University. pdf

Durling, D. and K. Niedderer. (2007) The Benefits and Limits of Investigative Designing. In S. Poggenpohl, (ed.) Proceedings of the IASDR International Conference 2007 (CD). Hong Kong: Hong Kong Polytechnic University. pdf

Niedderer, K., Biggs, M. & Ferris, M. (2006). The Research Exhibition: context, interpretation, and knowledge creation. International Design Research Society Conference WonderGround. Lisbon, Portugal: IADE. pdf

Niedderer, K. (2005). How much theory do we need to ride a bicycle: or how useful is research for practice? in Rogers, P., L. Brodhurst, and D. Hepburn (eds.) Crossing Design Boundaries. Proceedings of the 3rd Engineering and Product Design Education International Conference, Edinburgh, UK. London: Francis & Taylor, 9-14.

Niedderer, K. (2004). Why is there the Need for Explanation? - Objects and their Realities, in Biggs, M.A. (ed.) Working Papers in Art and Design 3. Hatfield: University of Hertfordshire, 2004.

EKSIG Journal Special Issues

Nimkulrat, N, Niedderer, K, and Evans, M. (eds.) (2015). EKSIG 2013 - Special Issue: Experiential Knowledge, Expertise and Connoisseurship. Journal of Research Practice, 11 (2). ISSN 1712-851X. link

Mey, K. and Niedderer, K. (eds.) (2012). EKSIG 2011: SkinDeep - experiential knowledge and multi sensory communication. Journal of Art and Design Education in Higher Education, 10 (2). link

Niedderer, K. and Reilly, L. (2010). Experiential Knowledge, Method, and Methodology. Journal of Research Practice, Vol. 6 (2), September/October 2010. link

Niedderer, K. and Reilly, L. (2007). New Knowledge in the Creative Disciplines - Proceedings of the First Experiential Knowledge Conference 2007. Journal of Visual Arts Practice, 6 (2). link

EKSIG Conference Proceedings

Karana, E., Giaccardi, E., Nimkulrat, N., Niedderer, K. and Camere, S. (2015). Alive. Active. Adaptive. Proceedings of the International Conference on Experiential Knowledge and Emerging Materials. EKSIG and Delft University of Technology, 19-20 June 2017. ISBN: 978-87-90775-90-2 link

Bang, A.-L., Buur, J., Lønne, I. A. & Nimkulrat, N. (2015) EKSIG 2015: Tangible Means - Experiential Knowledge Through Materials. Conference Proceedings of the International Conference 2015 of the Design Research Society Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge, Design School Kolding and University of Southern Denmark, 25-26 November 2015. link

Nimkulrat, N., Niedderer, K. and Evans, M. (2013). EKSIG 2013: Knowing Inside Out – experiential knowledge, expertise and connoisseurship. Loughborough, UK: Loughborough University. ISBN: 978-1-907382-72-7 link

Niedderer, K., Mey, K. and Roworth-Stokes, S. (eds.) (2011). EKSIG 2011: SkinDeep - Experiential Knowledge and Multi Sensory Communication. University for the Creative Arts, UK. ISBN: 978-0-9564160-7-0. link

Niedderer, K., Reilly, L. and Roworth-Stokes, S. (2009). Editorial. EKSIG 2009: experiential knowledge, method, and methodology. In K. Niedderer, L. Reilly, S. Roworth-Stokes, C. Smith (eds.) EKSIG 2009: experiential knowledge, method, and methodology. London, UK: London Metropolitan University. ISBN: 978-0-9562789-3-7 link

Niedderer, K., Reilly, L. and Smith, C. (eds). (2007). Experiential Knowledge: New Knowledge in the Creative Disciplines. Conference proceedings of the Experiential Knowledge Conference 2007, published in the series Working Papers in Design, Vol. 3.


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