The David Hakken Participatory Design Grant

The grant recognises talented graduate students (PhD or MA research) who have demonstrated, through their work, commitment to participatory design practices and/or thought leadership. The grant was established in 2016 to celebrate the life and work of David Hakken PD veteran and member of the PDC Advisory Board.

The bursary is granted by the PDC Conference General Chairs on a Biennial basis to one talented student demonstrating, through their work, Participatory Design practice and/or thought leadership as well as alignment with Prof. Hakken’s main philosophy.

The bursary’s grantee will receive free registration to attend the PDC 2022 in-person event in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, including a contribution towards travel and accommodation (up to £1000). The grant will also include participation to one workshop of choice and attendance to the Doctoral Consortium).

To apply, please email the PDC 2022 General Chairs (generalchairs@pdc2022.org) with your name and a description of your work (max 500 words) by 27th June 2022.

About Prof. David Hakken


David in 2015 in Trento, Italy.

Trained originally as a cultural anthropologist, Prof. Hakken had a long career doing ethnographic fieldwork, both in cyberspace and in real life. His abiding concern has been the complex ways in which social change, culture, and digital technologies (DTs) like computing, co-construct each other; that is, both how DTs shape, and how they are shaped by, culture. To this end, he studied worker education, public policy, and workplace use of information technology in Britain and the United States; software development in Britain, the Nordic countries, the US, and Malaysia; social service and technology (especially assistive technology for people with disabilities) in the US and Italy; and techno-science in US, Chinese and Malaysian scholarship and higher education. His ultimate teaching and research goal has been to promote DTs that expand, not undermine, human capabilities, a goal embodied in a program to promote Socially Robust and Enduring Computing.

The grant ceremony will take place during the physical gathering at Newcastle upon Tyne, (UK) between 30th August – 1st September 2022 (exact dates and times TBC).


Taken in Namibia just after PDC 2014 – Sam, Lavina, David, Vincenzo, Silvia, Maurizio, and Antonella.