Unfolding Participation. What do we mean by participation – conceptually and in practice

  • Joanna Saad-Sulonen Centre for Participatory IT Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Kim Halskov Centre for Participatory IT Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Liesbeth Huybrechts Faculty of Architecture and Art University of Hasselt, Belgium
  • John Vines Digital Interaction Group Culture Lab Newcastle University, UK
  • Eva Eriksson Department of Applied IT Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • Helena Karasti Information Systems Luleå University of Technology Luleå, Sweden
Keywords: Participation, participatory design, design events, information technology, IT-mediated participation, democracy


The aim of the Unfolding Participation workshop is to outline an agenda for the next 10 years of participatory design (PD) and participatory human computer interaction (HCI) research. We will do that through a double strategy: 1) by critically interrogating the concept of participation (unfolding the concept itself), while at the same time, 2) reflecting on the way that participation unfolds across different participatory configurations. We invite researchers and practitioners from PD and HCI and fields in which information technology mediated participation is embedded (e.g. in political studies, urban planning, participatory arts, business, science and technology studies) to bring a plurality of perspectives and expertise related to participation. 


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Huybrechts, L. (ed.) Participation is Risky. Approaches to Joint Creative Processes. Amsterdam: Valiz. 2014.

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Vines, J., Clarke, R., Wright, P., McCarthy, J., Olivier, P. Summary Report on CHI 2012 invited SIG: Participation and HCI: Why Involve People in Design? (2012).

How to Cite
Saad-Sulonen, J., Halskov, K., Huybrechts, L., Vines, J., Eriksson, E., & Karasti, H. (2015). Unfolding Participation. What do we mean by participation – conceptually and in practice. Aarhus Series on Human Centered Computing, 1(1), 4. https://doi.org/10.7146/aahcc.v1i1.21324
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