Envisioning future practices and institutions for just climate transitions

Recruiting university

MOME Innovation Center, Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest, (Hungary)

Main supervisor

Dr Judit Bényei, MOME Theoretical Institute, Budapest (Hungary)


Dr. Bori Fehér, Associate Researcher, Head of Social Design Hub, MOME Innovation Center, Budapest (Hungary)

Other co-supervisors/mentors and organisations

Emilia Lischke (CHÔRA Foundation, Netherlands) (mentor); Dr Elizabeth Calderon (Democratic Society, Belgium) (mentor); Dr Niki Wallace (University of the Arts London, UK) (co-supervisor)


36 months

Required profile

Master’s degree in service design, media design, sustainable management, social sciences, human-centered design or another related field.

Researcher’s mentality

Open-minded, curious, enthusiastic, and accurate; proactive, capable of working independently, and likes to work in a team; good organizational and communication skills and a mastery of the English language in spoken and written form.

Desired skills

In order to produce creative media outputs envisioning and articulating future practices and institutions for climate transitions for use in citizen engagement projects (practice research) the Doctoral Candidate (DC) should have excellent skills in media production/media design, as well as excellent ‘soft skills’ essential for working with stakeholders (e.g., citizens, residents, business or local government employees) as well as having, or being open to developing, qualitative methodology skills and an interest in design, prototyping and creativity. A strong design orientation (or practical experience) is desirable. Given that the secondments will occur at different locations, it is assumed that the candidate will be comfortable with regular international travel.

Special objectives

To investigate and integrate studies of co-design, curation, systems innovation and climate transitions to understand the potential for citizen co-creation. To design, produce, test and critically assess creative media outputs envisioning and articulating future practices and institutions for climate transitions for use in citizen engagement projects (practice research). To synthesise results and produce a conceptual framework for designers, businesses, government and civil society organisations using creative approaches. Expected results: Validated visual or media prototypes of future practices and institutions for climate transitions, with accompanying analysis.


This doctoral project will include mixed approaches of qualitative research, literature review, case study analysis, surveys, interviews, co-design workshops, data analysis, conceptual framework development, prototype development, validation of framework, practical recommendation development. MOME and the CoDesign4Transitions network will support the DC to obtain and develop skills required to conduct this research.


CHORA (Netherlands) (3 months) with mentor Emilia Lischke to explore opportunities for using creative, visual, spatial, three-dimensional, interactive methods to propose and explore future innovation spaces and practices for just climate transitions.
Democratic Society (Belgium) (6 months) mentor Elizabeth Calderon to share, test and evaluate the creative visual or media artefacts developed through practice research within a community deliberation project within DemSoc’s activities.

What makes this doctoral research project exciting?

This doctoral research will focus on the convergence of design, climate studies, and citizen engagement, offering an interdisciplinary opportunity to investigate climate transitions. The candidate will actively participate in creative media output design, aiming to impact real-world solutions. The research's ultimate goal is to provide valuable conceptual frameworks, to create validated visual or media prototypes of future practices and institutions for climate transitions and develop an analysis based on the gathered data, ensuring a meaningful and impactful experience for the researcher.

What’s special about the host department/university?

Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (MOME) is a highly dynamic art university, one of the most prominent in central European region. While building on its 140 years legacy, MOME constantly innovates itself to stay progressive and futureproof. In the last decade the university has completely renewed its physical environment, changed its operation model, introduced new international education programs and set up new interdisciplinary research groups and strategic initiatives that aims to strengthen MOME’s research and education excellence and its international recognition. The university has always played a decisive role in the development of Hungarian design and has been since its creation an outstanding institution of the local art and design scene. MOME Innovation Center (IC) aims to explore how art and design competences can be utilized not only within creative industries, but for addressing global issues in industrial, social and environmental contexts.

Through interdisciplinary design-based research and collaboration with scientists, engineers and other professionals, the IC research hubs generate new knowledge for in-depth understanding of future-orientated research areas as well as work on applied solutions to practical problems. The doctoral candidate will work closely with the team of the Social Design Research Hub at IC, that focuses on developing and supporting practice based design research in order to seek opportunities for a more sustainable lifestyle and economy. MOME's multidisciplinary doctoral school is based on the coherence and interdisciplinary collaboration of four disciplines: architecture, theory, multimedia, applied arts and has been providing doctoral education over the past 25 years.

The chosen doctoral candidate is anticipated to live in Budapest and play an integral role in enhancing the academic standing of MOME, not only within its research departments but also in its broader academic circles and the CoDesign4Transintions network. The secondments will involve both travel and remote work. Given the significance of cross-organizational, cross-sectoral, and international collaboration in the research program and individual DC research initiatives, a willingness to undertake local and national travel is expected.

Gross salary

We offer employment as a full-time doctoral researcher. The annual funding available to the MOME Innovation Center for this position DC13 is 36.576,00 €. Please note: this is not the gross annual salary for the candidate. This figure refers to the total amount of funding available to the university that will hire the doctoral candidate, taking into account the living and mobility allowance funding from the EU MSCA as well as national laws. Applicants should be aware that their annual gross salary may well be significantly less than this amount, once the university has covered costs they incur such as pension and national insurance, subject to national laws. The annual gross salary the candidate receives will also be subject to tax, employment and pension deductions, depending on national employment laws.

According to the indications of the MSCA-DN program, the above amount may be increased by 660€ per month for researchers with family obligations.

This doctoral position is funded by the Hungarian Government.