Jacob Buur

Professor, M.Sc. PhD

  • Universitetsparken 1

    6000 Kolding


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Research areas

Participatory Innovation: In the strategic research centre SPIRE (2008-13), I directed six academic disciplines and a theatre group to advance our concept of ‘participatory innovation’ into a research field of its own right with a series of international conferences.

User-Centred Design: My early work with Danfoss Corporate Research (1992-99) became recognized internationally as a new concept of user-centred design that expands the Scandinavian participatory design tradition to manufacturing industry.

Research interests

Tangible Business Models: At SDU Design (2013-18) I pioneered research on how physical objects empower collaboration between stakeholders in innovation projects.

Video as Design Material: At the Mads Clausen Institute (2000-07) I innovated the use of field study video as ‘design material’ in action research in the industry. It is now a substantial research method documented in a series of publications and a monograph.

Education/Academic qualification

Management of Organisational Development, Diploma, Ankerhus Management College


Award Date: 1. Aug 1998

Engineering Design, PhD, Technical University of Denmark

1. Aug 198531. Dec 1990

Award Date: 22. May 1991

Electrical Engineering, M.Sc., Technical University of Denmark

1. Feb 197831. Jan 1984

Award Date: 31. Jan 1984

External positions

Visiting professor, The University of Queensland

1. Jul 200531. Dec 2005

Consultant, group manager, Danfoss A/S

1. Jan 200030. Jun 2006

Senior scientist, group manager, Danfoss A/S

1. Aug 199231. Dec 1999

Assistant professor, Technical University of Denmark

1. Feb 199031. Jul 1992

Visiting scientist, EC Scientific Training Programme, The University of Tokyo

1. Aug 198731. Mar 1989

Engineering consultant

1. Feb 198431. Jul 1985

Research areas

  • Design processes
  • User centered design
  • Interaction design
  • Citizens Participation


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