Training Art and Design Researchers in Participation for Public Space (TRADERS)
Research Project , 2013 – 2017

TRADERS focuses on developing and testing a framework of methodologies on which art and design (A&D) researchers can rely when working on public space projects in participatory ways. This framework is transferable and aims to enhance the potentials in A&D practices to contribute creatively in processes of urban and branch-related change. The framework will inform and will be informed by a toolkit. For coherence in the training, Hasselt-Genk will be the anchor case area on which the ESR researchers work together. TRADERS will cooperate with Z-OUT: a centre of expertise on art, design and architecture in relation to public space.To assure the adequacy of an A&D research project, five complementary research foci are covered that correspond to the methodological framework and entail innovative research topics on participation for public space: Intervention (KHLIM (research group Social Spaces, Media, Arts & Design Faculty i.c.w. LUCA)), Play (UGOT), Multiple Performative Mapping (DAE), Data-mining (RCA) and Modelling in dialogue (CHALMERS). A sixth focus will be on the development of a meta-framework allowing these research foci to communicate and collaborate (KU Leuven).To bundle the strengths of different disciplines to commonly approach other non-A&D disciplines and sectors, every participant will work in a partnership with a public or private organization, offering a research and training environment to the researcher and ensuring that his/her research project has a practical and use-oriented focus.TRADERS contains a training program consisting of, a.o.: supervised involvement in six research/training projects at the host organizations with shared activities in Training-through-Research Synergy weeks, collaboration for the research/training with stakeholders and branches that represent future employers, collaboration with various researchers and enterprises from different countries, network-wide research training and Complementary Skills Training at Summer Schools, conference and secondments to associated partners.


Catharina Dyrssen (contact)

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Urban Design and Planning


Katholieke Hogeschool Limburg

Diepenbeek, Belgium

KU Leuven

Leuven, Belgium

Royal College of Art

London, United Kingdom

Stichting Design Academy Eindhoven

Eindhoven, Netherlands

University of Gothenburg

Gothenburg, Sweden


European Commission (EC)

Project ID: EC/FP7/608299
Funding Chalmers participation during 2013–2017

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Sustainable development

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Building Futures (2010-2018)

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