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Deger Ozkaramanli (or Değer Özkaramanlı) is an assistant professor in Designing with Dilemmas at Delft University of Technology. She developed the Dilemma-Driven Design method as part of her doctoral studies. In her earlier research, she drew from motivational psychology to introduce personal dilemmas to design practices. Her main goal in this research was to enhance product experience and contribute to wellbeing through meaningfully addressing personal dilemmas.

Currently, she studies dilemmas from a systemic (vs. personal) perspective, for which she draws from the ethics of technology and critical studies. Her main goal is to create space for ethics and critical thinking in design methodologies, without hindering creativity and innovation. Eventually, she aims to help embed ethics in actual design practices. To achieve this, she regularly collaborates with design practitioners using qualitative and participatory research methods. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctorate, Delft University of Technology

Award Date: 31 Mar 2017

External positions

Assistant Professor, University of Twente

Sep 2018Dec 2022

Assistant Professor, University of Liverpool

Feb 2016Aug 2018