Luciana Lopes de Resende

Currently PhD student in Design at Faculty of Fine Arts of University of Porto (University of Aveiro, UPTEC and ID+) with research funded by FCT. BA in International Business Administration (Oxford Brookes University, London - UK, 2001). MA in Design (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro - Brazil, 2008). Post-graduated in Project Management (Institute of Technological Education, Belo Horizonte - Brazil, 2012).

Over 17 years of experience as researcher, lecturer, facilitator, consultant and social project manager implementing systems which promote socioeconomic, environmental, cultural and human rights transformation. Worked in projects related to social design, social entrepreneurship, social impact business, creative & collaborative communities and economies, solidarity economy and social ecology. Also, related to social pedagogy with emphasis on social management, as well as associative and fraternal economy.

Creator of SOMOS Process - Education for Transformative Social Innovation Projects ( and founder of Nuwa Project (

Interested in facilitating design processes, sensorial experiences, strategic design and holistic design management with focus on social design, codesign, circular economy, transformative communities and economies in order to support local development and regenerative economy for transformative social innovation to anti-colonial futures.

Key-words: holistic design management; design and economy for transitions; circular economy; transformative social innovation; decolonization of design and methodologies.


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