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Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 June 2020

N. Costa*
University of Aveiro, Portugal
V. Branco
University of Aveiro, Portugal
R. Costa
University of Aveiro, Portugal
A. Borges
University of Aveiro, Portugal University of Beira Interior, Portugal
A. Modesto
University of Porto, Portugal
C. Silva
Polytechnic Institute of Cavado e do Ave, Portugal
R. Cunca
Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal


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The DesignOBS project was created to collect, map and interpret data about the Portuguese Design Ecosystem, providing supportive information for decision making. This study takes advantage of a participative Design perspective to define and test an observation process via a case based on Design doctorates undertaken in Portugal. It emphasises the need for additional participatory analysis and curation by experts to evaluate and develop more reliable information about the discipline. Moreover, it develops recommendations that can enhance the communicability of Design doctorates.

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