Nina Diana Oliveira da Costa

Researcher currently based in Aveiro University and integrated member at the Research Institute for Design, Media and Culture (ID+). Nina Costa has undertaken her initial training in the area of Product Design and Technologies at Aveiro (ESAN) and her master in Industrial Design at the Faculty of Engineering University of Porto (FEUP). Her PhD, developed within the MIT-Portugal program, in collaboration with MIT and INESC TEC, focused on integrating Product-Service system (PSS) Design and Service Design approaches. Throughout her career, Nina has worked with multiple companies, in particular, in the energy sector during her post-doc (EDP commercial) and with manufacturing company (Laborial). She publishes her work in Design and Service conferences, being the first author of 22 publications. She has been invited to present her work at FEUP, on multiple occasions, and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) during her exchange period, being an active reviewer in different journals and conferences. She participated in management activities of the Service Design for Innovation Network (SDIN), a Marie-Curie research program funded by H2020 (ref. PEO288-projeto de investigação-SDIN-642116); and is currently working on the DesignOBS project: "For a Design Observatory in Portugal: Models, Instruments, Representation and Strategies", (ref. POCI-01-0145-FEDER-032445), as the main assistant researcher. Her work is focused on developing a participatory approach observe and map ecosystems through Design. Additionally, her interest in the topic of Circular Economy led her to pursue and secure funding of the 3rd edition of Stimulus of Scientific Employment, individual support (ref. 2020.02229.CEECIND). The proposal “Fostering Circular Economy in Industry through Design – the Portuguese case” aims to explore if and how Design and Circular economy are connected.

Current positions

  • Junior Researcher ID+ UA

Publications

Book chapters
  • Costa, N.; Branco, V.; Costa, R.; Borges, A.; Modesto, A.; Cunca, R.; Silva, A., (2021) Infusing data literacy in design education: maturing a distributed design observation approach in Portugal, In: Martins N., Brandão D. (eds) Advances in Design and Digital Communication. Digicom 2021. Springer Series in Design and Innovation, ISBN: 978-3-030-89734-5, http://hdl.handle.net/10773/33145
  • Costa, N.; Branco, V.; Costa, R.; Borges, A.; Modesto, A.; Cunca, R.; Silva, A. (2021), Design Infrastructures: proposing alternative strategies for countries with a lower maturation of design culture in Advances in Human Dynamics for the Development of Contemporary Societies, Proceedings of the AHFE 2021 Virtual Conference on Human Dynamics for the Development of Contemporary Societies, July 25-29, 2021, USA, New York, July 25-29, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-80415-2 Link
  • Costa, N., Costa, R., Borges, A., Branco, V., Cunca, R., Modesto, A., & Silva, A. C. (2021). Mapping the research thread of design PhDs: a PhD citation analysis of the Portuguese Doctorates. In R. J. Howlett & L. C. Jain (Eds.), Design for Tomorrow (Vol. 2, pp. 203–216). http://hdl.handle.net/10773/30627 Link
  • Costa, N., Branco, V., Costa, R., Borges, A., Modesto, A., Silva, C., & Cunca, R. (2020). TOWARDS A DESIGN OBSERVATORY: THE CASE OF SCHOLARLY DESIGN RESEARCH IN PORTUGAL. In Proceedings of the Design Society: DESIGN Conference (Vol. 1, pp. 827-836). Cambridge University Press. Link
International journals
  • Costa, N., Patrício, L., Morelli, N., & Magee, C. L. (2018). Bringing Service Design to manufacturing companies: integrating Service Design and PSS design approaches. Design Studies, 55, 112–145. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1016/j.destud.2017.09.002 Link
International conferences
  • Costa N., Costa R., Branco V., Borges A., Silva A. C., Modesto A., Cunca R., (2021), Representação e literacia dos dados: o caso das empresas de design em Portugal, 10th Information Design International Conference (CIDI), 18-22 October, Curitiba, Brasil, pp.1108-1107, https://www.proceedings.blucher.com.br/article-list/cidicongic2021-357/list#articles Link
  • Costa, N., Branco, V., Costa, R., Borges, A., Cunca, R., Ana Catarina, S., & Modesto, A. (2020). Towards a Design Observatory: crafting a distributed approach. Cumulus, 8-11 June, pp. 3121–3136, Italy, http://hdl.handle.net/10773/30629 Link
  • Costa, Nina; Patrício, L.; Morelli, N., (2016) “Revisiting PSS and Service design approaches in the light of the SD Logic”, SERVDES 2016, May 24-226, Copenhagen, Denmark, https://ep.liu.se/ecp/125/010/ecp16125010.pdf Link
  • Costa, Nina; Patrício, L.; Morelli, N., (2015) “Designing integrated product-service system solutions in manufacturing industries”, QUIS14, June 18-21, Xangai, China, pp 785-794, https://vbn.aau.dk/en/publications/designing-integrated-product-service-system-solutions-in-manufact
  • Costa, Nina; Patrício, L.; Morelli, N., (2015) “Integrating Product-Service System design with Service Design & Service Logic: the case of laboratory manufacturing industry”, IPDMC, June 14-16, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Costa, Nina; Coimbra, O., and Ferreira, J. P., (2013) “Computer Platforms to Support Collaborative Design and Development”, IDEMI 2013, September 4-6, Oporto, Portugal, pp. 645 – 654.
  • Costa, Pedro J., Rodrigues, M., Costa, N., Rodrigues, R., Alaniz, T. (2012) “Industrial design workshop: Auto-sustainable guest-house for via students”, 15th International Conference on Experimental Mechanics (ICEM15) pp. 1-13
  • Costa, N., Branco, V., Costa, R., Borges, A., Modesto, A., Silva, C., & Cunca, R. (2020). TOWARDS A DESIGN OBSERVATORY: THE CASE OF SCHOLARLY DESIGN RESEARCH IN PORTUGAL. Proceedings of the Design Society: DESIGN Conference, 1, 827-836. Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/dsd.2020.327 Link
  • Costa, Nina; Patrício, L.; Morelli, N., (2018) “A Designerly-way of Conducting Qualitative Research in Design Studies”, SERVDES 2018 Proof of Concept, June 10-13, Milan, Italy
  • Costa, Nina; Duborjal Cabral A., Duborjal Cabral A., Duarte A., Gonçalves C., Ascenção D., Vasconcelos I., Frias Riobom D. (2019), “Ecoteracy: designing an info-inclusive sustainability language”, 3-4 April, Designing Sustainability for All, LeNS conference
National conferences
  • Costa, Nina; Patrício, L.; Morelli, N., (2015) “Towards an integrated approach to design for value co-creation”, UD15: Periphery and Promise, October 19-20, Porto, Portugal
Other publications
  • Costa, N., Branco, V., Costa, R., Borges, A., Cunca, R., Modesto, A., & Silva, A.C. (2021). Diplomados em Design em Portugal (2002-2020) (Version 1) [Data set]. Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5728036 Link
  • Costa, N., Branco,V., Costa,R., Borges,A., Cunca, R., Modesto,A. & Silva, A.C.(2020). Design doctorates undertaken in Portugal (Version 2) [Data set]. Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4559415 Link
  • Costa, N., Branco, V., Costa, R., Borges, A., Cunca, R., Modesto, A., & Silva, A.C.(2021). Bibliografia dos doutoramentos em design (Version 1) [Data set]. Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5727951 Link
  • Costa, N., Branco, V., Costa, R., Borges, A., Cunca, R., Modesto, A., & Silva, A.C. (2021). Empresas e diplomados em Portugal – visão diacrónica 2010-2019 por NUT II (Version 1) [Data set]. Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5728054 Link
  • Costa, N., Branco, V., Costa, R., Borges, A., Cunca, R., Modesto, A., & Silva, A.C. (2021). Empresas de Design em Portugal (visão detalhada, 2018, SABI) (Version 1) [Data set]. Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5728078 Link
  • Silva, A. C., Branco V., Costa R., Costa N., Borges A., Cunca R., Modesto A., Silva A.C., (2019) REDE#02 – Reunião de Escolas de Design, Instituto Politécnico do Cávado e do Ave, Barcelos, October 2019 Link
  • Costa, N., Branco, V., Costa, R., Borges, A., Modesto, A., Silva, C., & Cunca, R. (2020). Towards a Design Observatory: crafting a distributed approach, in Research@UA, pp.58, https://www.ua.pt/file/61865
  • Costa, Nina; Patrício, L.; Morelli, N., (2017) “Integrating PSS and Service Design approaches for service innovation”, QUIS15, June 18-21, Porto, Portugal
  • Costa, Nina; Patrício, L.; Morelli, N., (2016) “Towards an integrated approach to design for value co-creation”, IEMS16 symposium, January 5th, Porto, Portugal
  • Costa, Nina; Patrício, L.; Morelli, N., (2015) “Designing product-service systems in the light of the service-logic”, engineering roundtables, Sept 22, Guimarães, Porto
  • Costa, N., Branco, V., Costa, R., Borges, A., Cunca, R., Modesto, A., Silva., A. (2020). Design doctorates undertaken in Portugal (Version 1) [Data set]. Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3701614 Link
  • Costa, N., Branco, V., Costa, R., Borges, A., Cunca, R., Silva, A.C., & Modesto, A. (2020). Towards a Design Observatory: crafting a distributed approach. In Research@UA (Vol. 10, p. 56). Link
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Scientific, artistic and cultural production

Technical work
  • Branco, V., Costa, N. & et al. (2019) Relatório de Progresso sobre o projecto DesignObs – Para um Observatório de Design em Portugal: Modelos, Instrumentos, Representação e Estratégias [PTDC/ART-DAQ/32445/2017]
Scientific events organization
  • Branco V., Costa R., Costa N., Borges A., Cunca R., Modesto A., Silva A.C., (2021) Member of organizing committee of REDE#03 – Reunião de Escolas de Design, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, December 2021.
  • Branco V., Costa R., Costa N., Borges A., Cunca R., Modesto A., Silva A.C., (2019) Member of organizing committee of REDE#02 – Reunião de Escolas de Design, Instituto Politécnico do Cávado e do Ave, Barcelos, October 2019.
Other relevant cultural production
  • Branco V., Costa R., Costa N., Borges A., Cunca R., Modesto A., Silva A.C., (2021) Organizer of exposition “Observatory of Design in Portugal – Situation”, Faculty of Fine Arts of Lisbon University, Lisbon, December 2021.

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