EAD 08 (Scotland, 2009)

The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland, was proud to host the 8th International Conference of the European Academy of Design from April 1-3, 2009.


As the trend towards globalisation continues there is a growing connectedness between all our actions and a growing interdependence between the social, economic and the environmental. This increasing connectedness raises new moral and ethical issues and challenges. This concept has been termed ‘connexity’ (Mulgan, 1998) and provided the title for the conference and the backdrop for the themes of the EAD 08 Conference, which sought to explore the implications of these trends for design research and practice.

Downloadable pdfs of all the refereed papers and videos of the keynote speakers’ presentations and other conference related information, can be obtained from the conference website:

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the João Branco/EAD award for the best paper at this conference is Teresa Franqueira for her paper ‘Creative Places for Collaborative Cities’.