The IDC School of Design, IIT Bombay, is happy to announce a two-day event targeted to two groups of people. One group will be designers from India who have done a PhD within the past ten years or are about to complete their PhD soon (2013-2023). The second group will be designers, engineers, architects, or artists across India who might be interested in doing a Design PhD in the future.

This event is for those still deciding if they should take a plunge into a 4 to 5-year commitment for a PhD. It is meant for those interested in design research, who want to do a PhD, but need help developing a concrete PhD proposal.

At this event, we will invite eminent researchers in the domain of design, post-doctoral designers from India, and designers interested in doing a design PhD. The event will include invited talks, experience reports, a showcase of IDC's research, including both faculty members and students, and panel discussions by experts from academia and industry.

There will be opportunities to explore specific areas of mutual interest and develop a proposal for a PhD. This event will be an opportunity for designers to interact with eminent researchers in their domain.


The registrations are now closed. We have received over 100 applications from participants interested in doing a design PhD. After shortlisting, we have 66 registered participants for the event.

Participants are expected to make their own travel arrangements. We will be providing hostel accommodation to some of the registered participants. Lunch, tea, and snacks will be provided during the event.

We have 3 keynote speakers and 13 Post-PhD experts from academia and industry joining us for the event.

Event Schedule

Day 1 - Saturday, 28th January

Time Session Topic Session Chair
8:30 Tea Session / Reception (IDC School of Design, 1st floor)
9:00 Keynote Session
Ravi Mokashi Punekar
"PhD in Design - Are you Serious!!" - Some reflections Alka Hingorani
10:00 Post PhD-1:
Saurabh Tewari
PhDing Design History: An Uncharte(re)d Research Journey in India?
Aakash Johry
My perspective on life in academics: India and Europe
Malay Dhamelia
Deriving Fun in PhD Research
Lakshmi Murthy
Marrying Research (10413806) and Practice
11:20 Tea Break
11:40 Post-PhD-5:
Devanuj B.
Trials and Tribulations of doing a PhD Swati Pal
Pranjal Borah
My PhD work and the lessons I have learned as a researcher
Sandeep Athavale
Playing the PhD Game
12:40 Lunch Break
14:30 Breakout and Individual Feedback Session
Group mentors
17:15 Jayesh Pillai PhD at IDC School of Design
17:45 Concluding Session Event coordinators

Day 2 - Sunday, 29th January

Time Session Topic Session Chair
8:30 Tea Session
9:00 Keynote Session
Udaya Kumar
PhD in Design or How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Research Girish Dalvi
10:00 Post PhD-8:
Subir Dey
Footnotes from my PhD in Comics Studies
Pankaj Upadhayay
Method, Methodology, and Madness: Selecting a Research Approach
Dipanjan Chakraborty
Tech Optimist -> Tech Pessimist -> Tech Realist: A PhD Journey
Abhishek Shrivastava
PhD Research: An opportunity to discover your community
11:20 Tea Break
11:40 Post-PhD-12:
Pratiti Sarkar
My design research journey - from academia to industry Sugandh Malhotra
Anupriya Tuli
My PhD Journey
12:20 Girish Dalvi Why do a PhD in Design?
13:00 Lunch Break
14:30 Panel Discussion
Ravi Mokashi Punekar,
Udaya Kumar,
Alka Hingorani,
Sugandh Malhotra,
Pratiti Sarkar,
Aakash Johry
“Life after PhD” - Industry/Academia? Anirudha Joshi
16:30 Tea Break
16:45 Keynote Session
Deepak John Mathew
Practice-based research and practice lead research the challenges and opportunities for a design researcher Anirudha Joshi
17:45 Concluding Session

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