Ana Margarida Ferreira

Holds a Ph.D. in Production Engineering/Industrial Design (2008, UBI), a Postgraduation in Product Design (1996, Glasgow School of Art / CPD) and a BA degree in Industrial Design (1995, IADE). She is Assistant Professor at IADE - Universidade Europeia, member of the Scientific Board of the University, senior researcher of UNIDCOM/IADE (R&D unit), and Coordinator of ID:Co.Lab - Collaborative Research Lab in Design, Innovation and Sustainable Development.  Collaborates with Brazilian LOGO/ Universidade Federal Santa Catarina, ECOAR/Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte research Labs, and with Cypriot Art + Design: elearning Lab-Design for Social Change, from Cyprus University of Technology (CUT). Ana Margarida is the director and lecturer of academic courses such as Research Methodology, Applied Research, Design, Creativity, Innovation, Sustainability or Production Design (Ph.D., Master and BA in Design). Currently, she is a Postdoc Research Fellow in the field of Social Design at CUT ( and, since 2018, an associate member of Hub Nicosia/Synthesis – Center for Research and Education (, in Cyprus.

She is a member of several national and international professional networks and platforms, collaborates with Scientific and Editorial Committees of specialized Journals or Design Conferences and is invited to Evaluation Committees, such as the National Handicraft Award 2017, as specialist. She is also invited to make communications in various forums in the thematic areas of Creativity, Design, Innovation and Sustainability.

Ana Margarida Ferreira successfully supervised 5 Ph.D. theses and more than 20 Master theses in Design, in collaboration with companies, industry and other national and international Higher Education Institutions. At present, she coordinates several R&Di International Projects and supervises 6 Ph.D. theses (national and international contexts) and several Master students.

Main Research Interests: Design, Creativity, Innovation and Sustainable Development; Cultural and Creative Industries; Design Education, Social Entrepreneurship, Wellbeing and Governance; Socioeconomic, Technological and Cultural Dynamics; Sustainable Social Change.