Ana Carla Silva Afonso

Ana Afonso is a Designer and Researcher graduated from the University of Aveiro. 

She was granted a PHD grant from FCT - Portuguese national funding agency for science, research and technology, to conduct her research in the field of Design, regarding the analysis of anonymous artifacts and anonymous design development processes. She finished her PHD in 2019 at the University of Aveiro and the Research Institute for Design Media and Culture (ID+), 

She worked as Manager for Science and Technology at the University of Aveiro, developing work in international projects in areas such as Education for Circular Economy or Social Innovation.

Currently she is the Strategic Partnerships Manager at the Design Factory Aveiro, being in charge of interaction with national and internacional networks. and fostering design-led multidisciplinary projects and research.


Current positions

  • Strategic Partnerships Manager Design Factory Aveiro


  • Afonso, A., Bundgaard, A., Rocha, C. S., Camocho, D., Mulet, E., Atin, E., … Chulvi, V. (2020). Product-Service development for circular economy and sustainability course. (C. S. Rocha, D. Camocho, J. Sampaio, & J. Alexandre, Eds.), Business Models for Circular Economy and Sustainability. LNEG – Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia, I.P. Link
  • Franqueira, T., Sousa, Á., Gomes, G., Afonso, A., & Pereira, C. (2019). Strategy for Change Handbook. Glasgow: GCU – Glasgow Caledonian University. ISBN: 978-190-586-692-2
  • ANDERSON, M; CAWOOD, R.; SOUSA, A.; FRANQUEIRA, T.; GOMES, G.; AFONSO, A.; PEREIRA, C.; et all(2019) Strategy for Change Handbook. Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow. ISBN 978-190-586-692-2
Book chapters
  • Franqueira, T., Gomes, G., Sousa, A., Afonso, A., Pereira, C., Ribeiro, M. (2019). DesignThinking and Design for Social Innovation in Strategy for Change Handbook. Anderson, M; Cawood, R.; Sousa, A.; Franqueira, T.; Gomes, G.; Afonso, A.; Pereira, C.; et all (Editors) – Strategy for Change Handbook. Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow. PP 28-51 ISBN 978-190-586-692-2
International conferences
  • Sousa Á., Franqueira T., Afonso A. (2021). Branding for Social Innovation: The Importance to Communicate Consistently. In: Martins N., Brandão D. (eds) Advances in Design and Digital Communication. Digicom 2020. Springer Series in Design and Innovation, vol 12. Springer, Cham. Print ISBN978-3-030-61670-0; Online ISBN978-3-030-61671-7 Link
  • Rocha, C., Camocho, D.,Alexandre, J. , Schmidt, K., Celades, I. , Ros, T., Kalleitner-Huber, M. ,Hernaez, O. , Atin, E. , Pamminger, R., Schmidt, S., Sampaio, J , Afonso, A., Mulet, H., Ruiz, L. (2019) KATCH_e: Training materials and tools for circular economy in practice, in: ERSCP 2019 Circular Europe for Sustainability: Design, Production and Concuption, Barcelona Espanha, 15 al 18 de outubro de 2019
  • Sousa, A., Franqueira, T., & Afonso, A. (2019). The Importance of Identity for The Affirmation of Social Innovation Projects. Em K. Yaegashi, R. Valušyte, A. Biamonti, & H. Anzai (Eds.), 4D Conference 2019: Meanings of Design in the Next Era (pp. 40–47). Osaka: DML, Ritsumeikan University. ISBN:978-4-600-00239-8
  • Mulet, E., Schmidt, K., Pamminger, R., Royo, M., Kalleitner-Huber, M., Sampaio, J., Afonso, A. (2019). Teaching and Learning Circular Economy to Designers. Lessons Learned from Preliminary Experiences. Em T. Guraya & L. Cabedo (Eds.), Engineering Education towards Sustainability: Approaches for Institutionalization and Teaching Implementation. Second Internacional Conference on Engineering Education for the 21st Century – ICEE21C 2019 (pp. 31–37). Servicio Editorial de la Universidad del País Vasco. ISBN: 978-84-1319-074-7
  • Schmidt, K., Afonso, A., Sampaio, J., Mulet, E., & Kalleitner-Huber, M. (2019). KATCH UP! Integrating Circular Economy In Engineering Education Through Playing A Board Game. Em B. Vince Nagy, M. Murphy, H.-M. Järvinen, & A. Kálmán (Eds.), Varietas delectat… Complexity is the new normality Book of Abstracts · SEFI 47th Annual Conference (pp. 271–272). ISBN: 978-2-87352-019-9 Link
  • AFONSO, Ana; RODA, Rui (2016) Um modelo de valorização do processo criativo sobre os artefactos anónimos, IN SOUSA, Álvaro; PROVIDÊNCIA, Francisco; PEREIRA, Cátia (eds.) Ergotrip Design – coletânea de textos selecionados pela Comissão Científica dos Encontros Internacionais de Estudos Luso-Brasileiros em Design e Ergonomia. Aveiro, Portugal: Universidade de Aveiro. ISBN 978-972-789-485-7
  • AFONSO, Ana (2014) The Contribution of Anonymous Artefacts for the Development of Portuguese Design. IN: FERRIS, M., ed. Making Futures: Interfaces between craft knowledge and design: new opportunities for social innovation and sustainable practice, Vol 3., Plymouth, GB ISSN 2042-1664
  • PINTO, Raul; AFONSO, Ana; LARANJEIRA, Inês; FRANQUEIRA, Teresa; MENDONÇA, Rui (2011) – Bees: new creative agents; DPPI’11- Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces; Jun 2011, Milano
Other publications
  • Sampaio, J., Afonso, A. (2019). Innovation through circular economy: Tool development for multidisciplinary approach to product-service-system Design . Poster Presented at 1ª Ed. do Teaching & Learning- Fórum de Ensino & Aprendizagem@UA, Aveiro, Portugal. 18 Junho, 2019
  • FRANQUEIRA, Teresa; EVTYUGIN, Dmitry; TARELHO, Luís; ROBAINA, Margarita; CACHIM, Paulo; SANTANA, Silvina; FERREIRA, Victor; AFONSO, Ana (2019) Product Design within Circular Economy: a new multidisciplinary course. Poster Presented at 1ª Ed. Teaching & Learning – Fórum de Ensino & Aprendizagem@UA, Aveiro, Portugal. 18 Junho 2019.