We welcome Euan Fraser!

29 September, 2011 - 14:50

Euan Fraser is welcomed as a new employee of the Design Research
Unit of the Interactive Institute! 

Euan is a designer and researcher with a focus on Participatory Innovation and he recently completed a Masters in the subject from the University of Southern Denmark, for which he was awarded the Ove Arup Foundation Award from the Anglo-Danish Society (http://www.anglo-danishsociety.org.uk/artman/publish/the_ove_arup_founda...).

His Masters thesis project was done in conjunction with the Interactive Institute. Euan and senior II researcher Brendon Clark worked closely on the planning, refining, and facilitation of two seven week compressed innovation labs in conjunction with a Swedish design consultancy and multinational food and beverage manufacturer.  His thesis, entitled ‘Trading Tales and Making Stories Stick: Moving Design Ethnographers from Conduits to Co-Producers’ used storytelling as a focus for analysing different stages of the innovation process.  In it he looked to provoke further thought around the notion of what 'design ethnography' could be and specifically how ethnographers might position themselves as co-producers of ethnographic material and stories, rather than simply conduits to the “real” world of the user.  Prior to his focus on Participatory Innovation in Denmark Euan trained as a product designer, gaining a first class degree from the University of Strathclyde in his native Scotland. Euan will work on the Performing Participatory Innovation and Språkskap projects as well as teaching at MA-level at the Chalmers and Göteborg University.