Completed thesis: Sezgi Kaya on technology use in Type-I Diabetes

Sezgi Kaya has successfully completed her Master’s thesis, titled “Biosociality and product design: User practices in Type 1 diabetes management” in November 2019 (Supervisor: Harun Kaygan). Congratulations!

Her thesis involved netnography of a social media diabetes forum, followed by interviews with users of insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring systems. She documented users’ biosocial practices around device use with special regard to how the devices contribute to the visibility of the illness and how the devices coordinate the patients’ care networks. She was also interested in the user-experiential implications of dynamic, real-time monitoring of glucose.

Sezgi and I will present the findings of her thesis at the Chronic Living conference in Copenhagen 23-25 April.

Completed thesis: Duygu Vatan on the Smart Village as DSI

Duygu Vatan has successfully completed her Master’s thesis, titled “Design for Social Innovation for rural development in Turkey: Actor relationships in the Smart Village project” in August 2019 (supervision: Harun Kaygan). Her work investigated the social innovation strategies of the designers of the Smart Village toward integrating smart agricultural technological into village life. In ethnographic work at the village, she looked into five different strategies: (1) crop selection facilitating technologies, (2) the plant breeding plot, (3) the smart pasture, (4) entrepreneurial development program, and (5) miscellaneous trainings. Her conclusions regard the different ways in which the villagers and the designers were co-constituted in the five strategies, and their successes and failings.

Completed thesis: Azra Süngü on Transition Design for Syrian Refugees

Azra Süngü has successfully completed her Master’s thesis, titled “ Designing transitions towards integration: Entrepreneurial capacity development for Syrians in Turkey” in August 2019 (supervision: Harun Kaygan). Here’s her abstract:

The growing intersection of design with systems science and social innovation gave way to new directions to the design discipline today, making it an actor in guiding and leveraging transitions for more sustainable futures. One of the critical transitions today is migration, for which Turkey has been a major scene. This shift of populations required mobilization of actors and resources at a systemic level, for the integration of Syrians. This thesis investigates entrepreneurship as a strategic approach towards integration through the case of Build Your Future entrepreneurship program for Syrians, through field observations and interviews with actors of the program. This thesis draws four main conclusions: (1) capacity development towards social change can be approached from a Transition Design framework, (2) open-ended processes can be employed to accommodate changes in the social context and leverage existing practices, (3) shared visions and cooperation are needed among solution stakeholders for systemic impact and (4) entrepreneurial capacity development activities towards refugees can be approached as agents of integration of refugees to local entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Completed thesis: Pınar Şimşek Çağlar on New Generation Offices

Pitstop and Lodge for Nurus, design by Ece Yalım, 2011 (image borrowed from subzect blog)

Pınar Şimşek Çağlar has successfully completed her Masters thesis, titled “Designing for the New Generation Workspaces: Considerations of Designers” in December 2018 (Supervision: Harun Kaygan). Through interviews with office furniture designers, her work presents amazing insights regarding the way new work is conceptualized in design discourse and materialized in office settings. Good job!